Hope Utilities extends boil water advisory for residents

HOPE The boil water advisory that residents of Hope have been under since early Wednesday morning has been extended until at least noon on Friday.

According to Hope Utilities spokeswoman Debbie Hatton, the most recent tests showed the level of chlorine in Hope’s potable water supply remained below the state requirement. A chlorine level of .60 millimeters per liter is required to ensure that bacteria that may be in the water is killed off, Hope Utilities Superintendent David Clouse said Wednesday.

Under a boil water advisory, you should bring water to a full boil for two minutes before drinking it or using it in food preparation.

The malfunction that resulted in lower chlorine levels took place at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the water treatment plant of Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. in Taylorsville. The town of Hope purchases its water at a wholesale rate from Eastern Bartholomew, and resells it to its town residents and businesses.

All customers of Eastern Bartholomew Water have also been under a boil water advisory since late Tuesday night. While the latest tests performed by Eastern Bartholomew have been promising and the utility described their advisory as merely “a precautionary measure,” a company spokesman reminded customers their advisory isn’t scheduled to expire until near midnight tonight.

Eastern Bartholomew is expected to make an announcement this afternoon concerning when the advisory will expire.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.