Update: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.—The City of High Springs ended its boil water notice on Saturday morning.
The City of High Springs issued a citywide boil water notice Thursday morning after work crews made emergency repairs to fix a damaged fire hydrant.
The boil water notice will remain in effect for up to 96 hours, according to High Springs spokesperson Kevin Magnan.
On Wednesday morning, a car ran into a fire hydrant on the corner of US Highway 27 and NW 234th Street. To make repairs, the city had to acquire the parts to fix the water line and shut the system down completely, Mangan said.
“Ultimately, we ended up having to shut the system completely, and when that happens, you lose pressure,” Mangan said. “Then when the pressure, the water comes back up, we are required to issue a boil water notice.”
City workers completed the repairs to the waterline, and water pressure has returned to normal, but Mangan said anytime pressure is stopped and you don’t have a flow of water anymore, you have to take precautionary measures when the system is restarted.
“We have to take multiple samples from several sites over a long period of time,” Mangan said. “As the samples come back, we’re able to make a determination as to when we can lift the boil water notice. Right now, we’re saying 96 hours, but we’re hoping for less than that.”
Mangan said when work crews were making the repairs they found the water in the system looked clean.
“The good news is that when the guys did go down in there and start making repairs, the water was crystal clear and clean and there were no issues as a result of that hydrant being hit,” he said.