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‘Do Not Drink’ order in effect for Topaz Ranch Estates

Tribune News Service

Topaz Ranch Estates residents have been warned not to drink the water coming from their system, regardless of whether they’ve boiled it.

The Nevada Bureau of Water Quality issued a “Do not drink” order for the water system operated by the General Improvement District on Monday morning after a waterline break and pump failure.

Improvement District officials have hired a private potable water truck to provide water to residents after 6 p.m. today. The truck is located at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center, 3939 Carter Drive.

Residents will need to bring their own water containers to fill up from the truck.

District workers are making repairs to Well No. 1 and have discontinued the use of Well No. 6, which might have been the source of the contamination, according to Douglas County Emergency Management Spokesman, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey.

The district has tested the water, but the results won’t be known until Tuesday afternoon. At that time a decision will be made whether to downgrade the order back to a boil water order.

Halsey said Reverse 9-1-1 notification was used to alert area residents of this latest order. Additionally, signs advising of the order have been placed by Nevada Department of Transportation along Highway 395 and State Route 208 in the general area of Topaz Ranch Estates.

“It is unknown when the water system will be restored to a fully operational status with no orders in place,” Halsey said. “Residents are reminded that this order is in effect for water used for potential human consumption, such as drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. Other water uses, such as bathing, washing vehicles, or watering of residential lawns/plants, may continue as normal.”

East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, acting as Emergency Management, has been cooperating and assisting the improvement district throughout this event, and continues to provide managerial support.

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