A message from Augusta University’s Critical Event Preparedness and Response team:
The Augusta Utilities Department has experienced a brief incident of high turbidity in finished water at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant. The service area for the Highland Avenue plant is the area North of Gordon Highway, Fort Gordon and East Augusta. This area includes all Augusta University campuses and all health system facilities in Richmond County.
In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens in the service area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil.
Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.
University and Health System officials are working to address how this notice will affect the various units in our enterprise. Additional information will be available as we complete our planning.