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City of Gordon under boil water advisory

The city of Gordon is under a boil water advisory after a large water main break.

GORDON, Ga. — On Wednesday morning, Leslie Garner says she and her family woke up to low water pressure.

"It was low, not a whole lot of pressure, not full throttle, but it was low this morning," she describes.

Within hours, she says it was back. "Prior to going to work, I want to say at least two hours."

Then, the boil water advisory started, which is not something that is new to Garner in the more than 2 years she's lived in Gordon.

"When there has been one, they have sent letters in the mail along with the bills or flyers and put them in your postage to let us know what's going on."

Garner says her water is back at full strength now, but the city's public works superintendent Melvin Lawrence says this water main break was major.

"It drained our supply of water in both tanks, so that's pretty significant for our small town," says Lawrence.

Lawrence says it emptied one tank and left another three quarters empty.

"Breaks of this nature that disrupt the whole water system, they're kind of rare, but we do have lots of water service lines that break," he says.

Until he gets the OK from the EPD in Atlanta, he says the boil water advisory will stay. Until it's lifted, Garner is ready. "That will be our only options, to boil or to buy."

On Wednesday afternoon, Lawrence said the boil water advisory will remain for at least 24 hours. At that time, they will reassess.

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