The DeKalb County Watershed Division is urging people who live and work in the Clairmont Road area just north of I-85 to boil any tap water they wish to consume.
Late Tuesday, authorities reopened one lane in each direction. Authorities ask motorists to continue to avoid the area for the next few days, if possible.
Since Wednesday, crews have been working on a 30-inch water main break in the 2900 block of Clairmont Road. In order to complete the repairs, workers must reduce pressure in the area, which poses a potential health problem.
The affected area is bordered on the north by Plaster Road, to the east by I-85, to the south by Briarwood and to the west by Buford Highway.
"In an abundance of caution for our citizens and to protect the public from any potential health hazards, citizens in the affected area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food," wrote watershed management officials in a news release.
"I'll do what they tell me to do," said Larry Crandall, who lives in one of the affected neighborhoods. "I'm not worried about it. I mean, there's other things that are worse than this, so I'll do whatever they say to do just to stay safe."
His neighbor Traci Owen said she's been using a lot of bottled water in the last few days. She told CBS Atlanta News that she gave her four-year-old daughter a bath Friday morning, although the bath water was rather cloudy.
"The Georgia red mud, it tends to be pretty nasty," said Owen. "Making bubble baths is not exactly a crystal clear thing. It's more of a Georgia mud thing."
Authorities advise residents to boil their tap water for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Residents in the affected area should continue to boil water until notified by DeKalb County that the water system has been restored to full operation and the microbiological quality of the water in the affected area is safe for human use.
Once the repair is made, technicians will then send samples of the water from the area for testing, officials said. After the test results are available, DeKalb County, in conjunction with EPD, will provide an update to the boil water status.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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