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By Jay Polk - bio | email

January 21, 2009

SMITHVILLE, GA (WALB) - A boil water order is still in effect in Smithville tonight.

A 6 inch water main broke yesterday, sending water gushing down Wells Street, and emptying the city's water tank. The advisory was issued immediately, and even though the main was fixed and the water turned back on, the advisory remains in effect.

Chief Artie Gardner of the Smithville Police said, "once the water start back to running, we got a chlorine filtering system that puts the chlorine back in the water. And what has to happen is we have it tested, water tested, send it off to be tested to make sure that the chlorine mixes properly."

The testing should be done by tomorrow. At that point the advisory will be lifted and the water will be safe to drink again.

After the main broke, the city received help from the Lee County Fire Department and Leesburg Public Works.

This is the second time since November that Smithville has seen a water main break.

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