Boil water notice issued for Chester County residents

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — Residents living in Chester County, South Carolina should boil water to use for cooking and drinking until further notice, Chester Metropolitan District mandated.

Officials in the county say a large water main broke in Fort Lawn, S.C., which caused discolored water for some customers in the county.

Even after flushing faucets until water runs clear, residents should boil water vigorously for one minute. Children and pets should drink bottled water, the county said.

A resident told Channel 9 how the lack of clean water causes issue for the work week ahead.

“I have no clean clothes to wear to work tomorrow, I have no idea how I’m supposed to wash my clothes for work at all. I only get paid once a week and I don’t get paid that much where I work at,” she said.

Customers in Fort Lawn in need of bottled water can pick some up by the Fort Lawn Fire Department.

Students were told to bring their own water bottles to school on Monday.

After CMD completes testing for bacteria, it will update customers on the status of the water safety.

CMD said it will use the Reverse 911 system to text or call customers with updates.

They told Channel 9 the boil advisory will stay in place at least until Monday.

CMD asks customers to report severely discolored water by calling (803) 385-5123.

Check the CMD website and their Facebook page for updates. Channel 9 is also monitoring the situation and will update this article as needed.

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