LOCKHART — The residents of Lockhart no longer have to boil their water and the town will not have to pay for the repair of a broken water line that caused the town to issue a boil water advisory.
The town issued the boil water advisory Thursday morning after the main line supplying Lockhart with its water broke earlier in the week. The advisory was issued because the loss of pressure caused by the break raised the possibility of contamination. As a precaution, residents were advised to boil their water for one full minute before drinking it or cooking with it.
The line was repaired Thursday and water pressure restored, but the boil water advisory remained in effect until a sample of the water could be taken and tested. A sample was taken by personnel from Rogers & Callcott Laboratory Services of Greenville on Friday, but testing would not be complete and the results not known until Saturday.
Mayor Ailene Ashe announced those results Monday in a statement that also announced the lifting of the boil water advisory.
“We received the results at 2:30 Saturday afternoon and there was no sign of contamination,” Ashe said. “The samples have been checked and everything is fine so therefore we can announce that the boil water advisory is lifted. People can stop boiling their water before they drink it or cook with it.”
Ashe also announced that the town would not have to pay for the repair of the water line.
“The section of the line that broke was installed last summer with a Community Development Block Grant and is still under warranty,” Ashe said. “This means the contractor, L&J out of Columbia, will have to pay for the repairs, not the town.”
Ashe said the contractor will also pay for the cost of the testing of the water samples taken by Rogers & Callcott.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.