UPDATE: Tennessee American Water Officials held a press conference to update the public on the water crisis Monday evening.

The Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for all Tennessee American Water customers.

 

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: The Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for all Tennessee American Water customers.

TAW is planning to hold a press conference at 5:00 p.m. from the Hamilton County 911 center.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: A newly-released map from Tennessee American Water shows that nearly all customers base have had the Boil Water Advisory lifted as of Monday afternoon.

A small area of Elder Mountain/Cumberland Road are the remaining customers in yellow, meaning they are still on the Boil Water Advisory. Tennessee American expects test results for this area to be available later Monday.


PREVIOUS STORY: The water boiling advisory has been lifted for most customers, Tennessee American Water officials say.

A health department official had recommended restaurants use bottled or boiled water if they remained open during the boiled water advisory.

 


PREVIOUS STORY: Officials with Tennessee American Water say Chattanooga's water woes will be over soon.

"You'll notice a new section of the map has been highlighted. As recovery continues things are progressing very well,” Director of Operations Kevin Kruchinski said. “The highest elevations are the ones we've been saying from the beginning would take longer to restore."

As for the boil water advisory, it's expected to be lifted gradually.

"The boil water advisories will be removed in sections, so throughout the day we'll be notifying different sections on the map as the advisories are lifted,” Kruchinski said.

Until then, Tennessee American customers should be careful. Boil water for 3 minutes, then let it cool before drinking, cooking or washing dishes. If your water isn't back yet, officials want to make sure your faucets are turned off during the restoration process.

"You need to make sure that those are actually turned off because if the water is turned back on and no one if home, they could potentially have a serious issue to deal with when they come home,” Amy Maxwell of the Office of Emergency Management said.

Tennessee American is waiting to lift the boil water notice until they get the results back from water samples. They say this is a precaution, and they've been keeping up with standards.

"Tennessee American has been in full compliance with all water quality standards as set forward by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation throughout the event,” Kruchinski said.

As of Sunday morning, Tennessee American said water was back for about 80 percent of their customers. They hope to get many of those customers off of the boil water advisory by the end of Sunday.