HARRODSBURG — A boil water advisory to all City of Harrodsburg water customers and North Mercer Water District will be in effect from 9 a.m. Friday until further notice.
Water customers are advised by the water department to boil all water to be used for human consumption.
On Friday, the transmission main at the water plant will be modified to install a bypass for expansion currently underway. The situation poses a health concern for water users due to possibility of contamination of the drinking water in the area. The repair is expected to be completed by Friday afternoon.
Bacteriological analysis results will be available approximately 24 hours from the time it is submitted to the laboratory. The advisory, therefore, is expected to last until approximately mid-evening Saturday, but there is no guarantee. Water customers are asked to remember this is a projected time and, depending on laboratory results, could change.
A boil water advisory is issued when conditions exist or have occurred which may cause adverse health effects from microbiological contamination from consumption of the water. Safety measures for this situation include boiling all water used for human consumption until the advisory has been lifted.
Water should boiled for at least three minutes at a rolling boil.
The advisory will remain in effect until the repair to the water main has been completed and the absence of contamination, after the repair is complete, has been confirmed by laboratory analysis.
At that time, the water department will make every effort to inform customers of the lifting of the advisory. Notification of the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory will also be made via The Advocate-Messenger and the Harrodsburg radio station (WHBN 1420 AM).
Procedures for retail food establishments
According to the Mercer County Health Department, during a water supply emergency (W.S.E.), including boil water advisories, chemical contamination or pressure reduction, water may serve as a source of contamination for food, equipment, utensils and hands. Unsafe water also is a vector in the transmission of disease. Therefore, in order to provide protection to consumers and employees, water must be obtained from sources regulated by law and must be handled, transported and dispensed in a sanitary manner.
In case of chemical contamination or total loss of pressure, the establishment must close immediately. When chemical contamination occurs, the establishment must not reopen until samples, jointly approved by the local health department and the Division of Water, Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet justify reopening.
When a non-chemical W.S.E. occurs, the establishment must cease operating and not resume until the cabinet or local health department inspector assures safe operational procedures including the following are in place:
Other instructions for retail food establishments include: