The Virginia Department of Health, the Scott County Health Department and the Town of Nickelsville, Va. issued a notice Thursday to customers of the Town of Nickelsville Waterworks, asking residents to boil their tap water or drink bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes until further notice.

According to the notice, the boil water alert was issued as a safety precaution, and using water not boiled “could result in stomach or intestinal illness.”

Bring all tap water to a rolling boil for one minute, let it cool before using or use bottled water.

The boil water precaution comes after a temporary loss of water service and low pressure in the distribution system due to water main breaks.

According to the release, the Town of Nickelsville identified a large water main leak and is filling water tanks to bring full service back to the Town.

Water samples will be collected for bacteriological testing.

Another notice will be issued once the boil water alert has been lifted.

For more information, call 276-479-1406.

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