After more than 48 hours, boil advisory lifted for Hopewell

Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 19:09:56-05

HOPEWELL, VA. – The boil water advisory has been cancelled effective immediately, for all customers in the City of Hopewell, as well as the subdivisions of New Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, and Cedar Creek West, Strattford Woods, and Mulberry Woods in Prince George County.

The Virginia American Water said that the results of the water samples taken were satisfactory, indicating there is no longer a need to boil the water. All customers may resume normal use of their tap water.

The Hopewell Treatment Plant was shut down at approximately 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 3, after a diesel spill of 600 gallons made its way into the water supply near the intake. The boil advisory was issued Tuesday night.

The system serves approximately 9,400 customers, or a population of approximately 20,000 people, in the City of Hopewell.

Two rounds of sampling, 24 hours apart, showed no signs of contamination and therefore, the advisory has been lifted and all operations are back to normal.

The free bottled water distribution site will be discontinued with this announcement.

Customers with further questions may contact Virginia American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-452-6863.

“Virginia American Water sincerely regrets the inconvenience experienced by our customers and the community. We are very grateful for everyone’s patience and cooperation, especially the support of City of Hopewell officials and emergency responders,” said Virginia American Water President William R. Walsh.

VAW provide water services to more than 339,000 people, statewide.