Banks County has located and repaired the water break and utilities officials are now in the process of slowly returning water to the lines to begin filling the tanks.
Steve Reece, Public Utilities Director, would like to assure all citizens that they are working diligently to repair the system. He cautions that citizens should not use large amounts of water while water levels are being regained and he reminds to not use the water for any drinking or food preparation until they have clearance from EPD to lift the boiled water advisory.
All Banks County water customers north of Interstate 85 (including the City of Homer) should follow boiled water advisories that are issued until cancellation is issued by Banks County Utilities following EPD Direction. Mr. Reece hopes to have the tanks full by Monday and the required testing to EPD once the tanks are full on Monday. Following the direction of EPD after the return of clear tests; Mr. Reece will announce the end of the advisory which is anticipated to be Wednesday or Thursday if all goes well.
Planning, coordination and response from local and neighboring utilities services, local and neighboring public safety agencies as well as local, state and federal government offices and volunteer organizations have been occurring throughout this event and will continue.
“This has worked to ensure that the incident is resolved as quickly as possible while also ensuring that emergency response and public safety is priority,” officials state.
Banks County Environmental Health is in contact with Emergency Management and will be working with food services locations that have been impacted by the boiled water advisory.
Residents that still need bottled water may continue to pick it up at these local paid Fire Stations.
1. Banks County Fire Station 210 which is also known as Hollingsworth Fire Station; it is at the corner of Rock Springs and Old Hwy 441 N across from Moss Mill Road. The address is: 4173 Old Hwy 441
2. Banks County Fire Station 220 which is also known as Rock Springs Fire Station; it is across from Charlie's Catfish Corner. The address is: 3433 Yonah Homer Road
3. Banks County Fire Station 310 which is also known as Banks Crossing Fire Station; it is located on Industrial behind the Banks Crossing Outlet Mall. The address is: 181 Industrial Park Blvd
4. Banks County Fire Station 410 which is also known as Grady Fire Station; it is at the corner of Hwy 198 and Damascus Road. The address is: 2348 Damascus Road
5. Banks County Fire Station 510 which is also known as Fire Administration; it is located across from the Courthouse. The address is: 155 Yonah Homer Road
Residents may also visit the water tanker at Banks County Recreation on Thompson St to collect water. Bring a food-grade water container to collect your water. The tank is available. On Sunday, June 8, the tank will be open from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Any other time, residents may get water from this source by calling 706-677-1234.
“We will determine the remaining need for the tank on Monday,” officials state.
It is recommended to purchase food-grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores for use for water storage. If you decide to re-use storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles - not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. The reason is that milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from the containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they are heavy and may break. (This is an excerpt from FEMA's Food and Water in an Emergency Guide.)
Citizens may dial 706-677-6810 for updates that will be renewed periodically through the event to learn more.