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Update: Water back on in Eatonton, boil advisory in effect

A boil water advisory will be put in place after the break is fixed.

EATONTON, Ga. — UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:55 a.m.

The Putnam County Water Authority says the water is back on in Eatonton, but there's a boil advisory in effect.

All Putnam County Schools are still canceled, but 12-month school employees should report to the high school at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Howard Sills says there may not be drinkable water for up to 48 hours. It's not yet clear to drink the water in Eatonton until the state deems it safe, which could happen on Wednesday. 

Original Story: Monday, 5:55 p.m.

Most of Eatonton is without water, and people there may not be able to use their drinking water for up to 48 hours.

That's according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who is also the county’s emergency management director.

The break happened on Oak Street in Eatonton near rail lines and the Uncle Remus Golf course, but Sills says the water is out nearly citywide.

He says the company that runs the water system expects to have the break fixed within 8-10 hours.

People won't be clear to drink the water until the state says it's safe. That could happen Wednesday.

The Putnam County School District will be closed Tuesday, March 3, due to the water main break.

We'll update this story when more details are available.

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