Update: Nicholasville under a Boil Water Advisory
Published 4:58 pm Monday, February 20, 2017
Jessamine County Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the Boil Water Advisory that was issued on Monday morning.
Director of School, Community and Public Relations Patrice Jones said the water main break is impacting eight different schools in the district, including Nicholasville Elementary, Hattie C. Warner Elementary, Jessamine Early Learning Village, Jessamine Career and Technology Center, Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary, West Jessamine Middle School, West Jessamine High School and Brookside Elementary. Jessamine County Schools Central Office is also being affected.
Jones said the schools understand that the water line must be flushed for a 24-hour period, making it necessary for drinking water and food prepared off-site to be brought into the affected schools.
“With such a limited amount of time to provide the necessary items, the decision has been made to cancel school on Tuesday, February 21,” Jones said.
This will be the fourth non-traditional instruction day used this school year.
The advisory is for consumers located north of Edgewood Drive, west of Shun Pike, the Squire Lake area, Meadowlark subdivision area, Rainbow Drive, the Orchard subdivision and all customers west outside of the Nicholasville Bypass.
Amato said the advisory is necessary due to a break in the 20-inch main that he described as the backbone of the system. The cause of the break is unknown, and it is now isolated and being repaired according to an urgent press release from Jessamine County Emergency Management.
“We lost pressure on our water system in parts of our town,” Amato said.
Anytime pressure is lost in the water pipes, it allows for the possibility of contaminants and bacteria to get into the water, he said.
As a precautionary measure, the advisory recommends that water is boiled as a for three minutes before it is used for drinking or cooking. Especially tap water with any discoloration or odor.
The City of Nicholasville is expected to remain under the Boil Water Advisory until at least 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Amato is available for questions at City Hall at 859-885-1121.