by Andrew Henderson
The City of Fulton issued a boil-water advisory over the weekend after a breakdown at the K-1 well.
Discolored water entered the Fulton water system Saturday, causing turbidity, or cloudiness. The city tests for turbidity in order to see if it is effectively filtering the water supply.
Because the west side is connected to the east side via two bridge pipelines, the boil water advisory also applied to that side of the river.
There was an undermining problem at the K-1 well and it was taken immediately off line after it was reported by an on-site Water Works resident.
As customer complaints came in, hydrants were opened at those locations and remained so until the water had cleared. Chlorine levels have been elevated at the Fulton Water Works as an added precautionary measure of safety.
Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
In an effort to combat against this possibility, chlorine levels have been turned up at the Fulton Water Works. This boil water advisory will remain in effect until at least today, May 23 when all regulatory sampling results should be received.
The city is encouraging residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.
Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.
These organisms may include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.