Patterson water customers asked to boil drinking water

Water customers are encouraged to boil their drinking water for the next two days after the city turned off the water for the entire system and replaced four water lines.
Mayor Rodney Grogan said the city-issued boil water order is a precautionary measure that originates from the state.
Water was restored to customers around 9 a.m. after being shut off since midnight.
The water cutoff was about three hours longer than expected, Public Works Director Steve Bierhorst said. City workers worked with contractors to get the water back up as quickly as possible but dealing with old water lines caused unexpected problems, he said.
There was no contamination in any of the water lines during the work, but the city will pump in extra chlorine just in case, Bierhorst said.
“We were dealing with the oldest section of water lines,” Bierhorst said. “We went from a two-inch to an eight-inch line in the 500 block of MLK … and had to reconfigure everything at the intersection” of several lines along with replacing a sewer line and installing a new manhole.
City workers will begin testing for chlorine residuals throughout the city this morning and sending those samples to the state for examination, Bierhorst said.
“This order is purely for precautionary purposes. The state says we have to issue the order anytime the water falls below 15 pounds of pressure,” Bierhorst explained. “We suggest customers consider boiling their drinking water for two days but we do not expect any problems.”

By PRESTON GILL pgill@daily-review.com

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