Clover: Officials wait on lab results, boil water advisory in effect after line break

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 22, 2014 

Crews work to repair a main water line in the town of Clover that busted and left most residents without water or with low water pressure on Wednesday morning.

JONATHAN MCFADDEN, THE HERALD

Clover town officials are waiting on lab test results to confirm that drinking water is safe for residents following a main water line breach on Wednesday morning.

The test results are expected to come back on Thursday afternoon, Town Manager Alison Harvey said.

On Wednesday, after the town’s water supply line busted, Clover officials enacted a "boil water advisory" for residents. Clover School District officials dismissed students and teachers early and canceled after school activities when the broken water main line disrupted service to most people in the town.

Crews worked for nearly three hours to isolate the water line problem after officials discovered water gushing from the line around 8:30 a.m. For a short period of time, the water flowed across the road and formed a thin sheet of ice, presenting a potential hazard for drivers. No injuries or accidents were reported.

By mid-afternoon, water was flowing again, though some Clover residents experienced low pressure in their homes or businesses.

Traffic was slowed around Hwy. 321 northbound in Clover while crews worked to replace about 20 feet of the busted water line. Part of the town’s major water line — which sources water from Gastonia — was under the road bed, which presented a challenge, Harvey said.

The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice, she said. Though officials did add chlorine to the town’s water supply, the town is waiting for lab results to ensure that the water is safe before lifting the boil water advisory.

For more information about boiling possibly contaminated water, visit the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control website.

Other cancellations and changes at Clover schools:

Parent meetings scheduled for Wednesday night at Clover High School will be re-scheduled for next week.

Junior varsity and ninth grade boys basketball games against Rock Hill High School will be moved to Rock Hill, with game times of 6 and 7:15 p.m.

All afterschool and tutoring programs in Clover schools, including YMCA programs, are canceled for Wednesday.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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