Boil order remains in effect after Laskin Road water main break

Posted at 1:20 PM, Mar 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-26 13:22:27-04
Scene photo; Photographer Roy Rushing

Scene photo; Photographer Roy Rushing, March 25, 2013

Virginia Beach, Va. – A boil water notice remains in effect for some parts of the Oceanfront after a water main break Monday, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Preliminary water quality results are all clear, but the Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities advises that a boil water notice should remain in effect until at least Wednesday morning.

That boil order was originally issued on Monday for residents in the Laskin Road and Beach Borough area.

The department is currently testing water samples over a 48-hour period from the affected area’s water distribution system in accordance with a directive from the Virginia Department of Health.

Residences and businesses specifically affected by the notice included those north of 24th Street, east of Birdneck Road, and south of Fort Story.

Public Utilities will issue an update tomorrow, after they have completed another 24 hours of water sample testing.

All water samples collected over the 48-hour period must meet state and federal drinking water standards before the “boil water” notice can be lifted.

Thomas Leahy, director of Virginia Beach Public Utilities, indicates that the two-day boil water notice is a precautionary measure to ensure water in the affected area is safe and in full compliance with state and federal drinking water standards.

Early Monday morning, residents in the Laskin Road area awoke to either no water or low water pressure due to a water main break on Laskin Road in the vicinity of Oriole Drive.

The Department of Public Utilities isolated the source of the break and restored water service shortly after 7:00 a.m., officials say.

The Department would like to thank the affected residents and businesses for their patience and apologizes for any inconvenience.

Check back on for updates as they come in.

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