Water test comes back clean for Starkville after leak

SDN Staff Report
Staff Writer

The boil-water notice for more than 500 Starkville water customers has been lifted, according to a notice posted Saturday on the city's website.
The warning was provoked by a Wednesday break in a water main along Highway 12, in front of Backstage Music. Residents and businesses were asked to boil water for two full minutes before using it for drinking or food preparation.
It applied to customers in the several-block area along Highway 12 between Eckford Drive and Louisville Street, on
Louisville Street between Wood Street and Linden Circle, and in
Longmeadow Subdivision.
The notice went out about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and was expected to last until at least 5 p.m. Monday. That's when results were expected from test samples sent to the state health department in Jackson. But Terry Kemp, general manager of the Starkville Utilities Department, said on Friday that the city was doing all it could to get the samples processed quickly, in hope of getting clean results on Saturday.
That appears to have happened.
The water main break occurred on Wednesday when a contractor for Atmos Energy, digging to repair a gas leak, struck a city water line about 10 to 15 feet underground. City workers pumped out the hole – briefly flooding Backstage Music's parking lot when a storm drain backed up – and had the leak fixed by 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Kemp.
But crews turned off several nearby valves to isolate the leak, which cut off water to several downstream customers, such as Starkville High School. That was soon restored, but the breach in the pipe raised concerns of contamination. Thus the city issued the boil-water notice as a precaution.