Oakland Water Works customers placed under boil order

Published 4:04 pm Friday, December 18, 2009

NATCHEZ — Customers on the Oakland Water Works water system were placed on a boil-water order Friday.

According to a news release from the Mississippi State Department of Health, the order was placed after water system officials notified the health department about a drop in water pressure caused by one or more breaks in the water line.

Contaminants can siphon back into the water when a system loses pressure, and the release said officials consider any system that has lost pressure to be contaminated.

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The water system officials will be notified when the water tests safe to drink.

Approximately 300 customers will be affected.