• Boil-water advisory in effect for Dunwoody

    By: Michael Seiden

    Updated:

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A boil-water advisory has been lifted for all of DeKalb County except for the city of Dunwoody. 

    Officials said storms that moved through the area caused power outages at the Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant. 

    READ: What to do (and what not to do) during a boil water advisory

    Officials are telling water customers to not drink their tap water without boiling it first because the water might be unsafe. 

    The advisory was lifted for most customers by late Sunday night after officials gathered water samples to test and determine if there are contaminants in the water supply.

    It was unclear how long the advisory for Dunwoody will remain in place. 

    Channel 2's Michael Seiden was at Emory University, where students rushed to get bottled water from the university. 

    The university planned to hand out water bottles at the student center until 2 a.m.

    Seiden talked to frustrated students who aren't taking any chances. 

    "Our dining hall has a reduced menu to make sure all the food is safe," Sojourner Hunt said. "We can't brush our teeth with the running water from the sink." 

    Students told Seiden they woke up to find warnings posted outside their dorms. In the cafeteria, students were forced to eat from paper plates. 

    "It's honestly just, like, an inconvenience, and I'm also scared I'm going to mess up and accidentally brush my teeth or something and get sick," one student told Seiden. 

    All campuses in the DeKalb County School District are under the advisory and will provide water for all weekend activities. 

    "DCSD will continue to monitor the situation closely with the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management for updates and will communicate any decisions for school operations for Monday," the county said in a statement. 

    WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: 

    The county said all customers should boil their water until the advisory is lifted. The advisory does not include customers served by City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management.


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    "In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all customers that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food," according to the county. 

    It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as showering, laundry, or bathing. Adults, teens and older children can wash, bathe or shower; however, they should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge-bathed.

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