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NORTH ADAMS — Department of Public Services crews were able to finish repairs to a River Street water main leak Friday, but officials have issued a water boil order for homes and businesses in affected areas.

As a precaution, all residences and businesses that lost water service, water pressure or experienced discolored water should boil water for one minute and cool it before consumption, to kill any bacteria or disease-causing organisms that might have occurred during the disruption, according to an advisory issued via the city's website Friday afternoon. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.Buildings in at least a mile radius from River Street might have been affected during the leak, which sprung Wednesday morning and continued through Friday. North Adams continued to provide chlorine disinfection throughout the incident.

Public works officials determined that the incident resulted in a significant loss of water and pressure to service areas, including: River, Yale, Upper Meadow, Williams, North, Cady, Pitt, North Holden, Dover and Miner streets; Chesbro and Chase avenues; and in the vicinity of the Walmart on Curran Memorial Highway and McCann Technical School on Hodges Cross Road.

"We will verify adequate pressure and will collect bacteria samples to confirm water quality within the area of concern and elsewhere in our distribution system," according to a statement from North Adams Water Department officials. "We will verify protection of the water system from backflow risks. We will let you know you are no longer advised to boil water due to this incident."

For more information and updates, visit northadams-ma.gov, and contact Public Services Superintendent Tim Lescarbeau at 413-662-3000 or tim_lescarbeau@northadams-ma.gov to report persisting incidents of low water pressure, discoloration or lack of services.


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