Water safe to drink south of Abbeville

Good news for those who live south of Abbeville and receive their water from the Esther Water System. The water is now safe to drink without boiling it.

The customers who receive water from the Esther Water System were advised to boil the water before drinking it, starting early this week.

The reason for the boil advisory was because the state had to test the water for bacteria after the system was turned back on Tuesday. It was turned off Saturday as the storm surge began to rise in the Esther area because of Hurricane Ike.

Just over 800 customers were without water until Tuesday. However, the state’s Board of Health regulations say that the water needed to be tested once a water plant is turned off and turned back on.

Dale Stelly, who runs the water plant in Esther, said the test results came in positive.

All but three customers have water as of Tuesday.

Because of the storm surge, the plant had some damage with a line that feeds the customers south of Intracoastal City. Once the repairs are made, the three homes will have water.

Stelly said while the plant did have some damage, it was no where near what occurred for Hurricane Rita three years ago.

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