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Mt. Pleasant Boil Alert Still In Place

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by Chris Conte

MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. – Officials had hoped to lift a boil water alert for the city of Mt. Pleasant on Thursday but because test results still weren't back yet, the notice remains in place.

"We've got so many people coming in here, you wanna make sure that we're doing our part to make sure everybody's safe," says David Story who manage the Mt. Pleasant Grille.

Because of mandatory boil restriction, David was forced to boil all of the water he usually uses for tea, soda and other kitchen activities.

"It's a little more inconvenient but you gotta do what you gotta do," he added.

Mt. Pleasant Public Works Director Bobby Nutt said the water has appeared cloudy because filters could not effectively filter the water from recent rain. An alarm that usually alerts to high turbidity did not go off, so workers began flushing the system out.

Residents are urged to boil all water before drinking it, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food. Boiling will kill the bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Officials said turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

Pending test, officials hope to have the boil alert lifted by Friday morning. 

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