From Staff Reports
The city of Eupora has lifted a self-imposed precautionary boil-water notice that resulted from a water main break.
Mayor Dan Burchfield said Monday that the advisory was lifted that morning.
“No tests with the (state) Health Department or our own tests show any contamination,” he stated.
The notice was implemented April 23 and affected all city water system customers north of Highway 182 to the Calhoun County line. Customers were advised to boil their water for at least one minute before drinking.
“We had the worst major water line break (today) that I have seen in 17 years of public office,” Burchfield said in a Facebook posting. “It was in the main line that feeds north of town and Walthall and Bellefontaine. “
An old jointed concrete culvert separated and burst the water line in front of Eupora Elementary School, he said.
Water and streets crews, along with a county road crew, dug up the entire street, according to Burchfield. The Police Department helped with the afternoon pickup at EES because Naron Street was closed.
The line and street were repaired by 7:30 that night, and the city began flushing the system the next day.
Burchfield said the boil-water notice was purely precautionary until samples could be taken and tested.