Augusta schools close in response to boil water advisory

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – One of Georgia’s largest school systems closed its schools and bottled water is being brought in to Augusta hospitals as officials in the east Georgia city test the community’s water supply.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1KFpnl6) that residents in a large part of Richmond County on Tuesday evening were told to boil water before using it. School officials announced that all Richmond County schools would be closed on Wednesday.

The Augusta newspaper reports that the advisory came after “turbidity,” or cloudiness, was discovered in water at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant.

Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said workers had taken a filter off-line to drain it when “some turbidity got through to the treated water.”

Dee Griffin, a spokeswoman for the Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency, said water samples were being analyzed.