The boil water advisory for both Marion and McDowell customers is now lifted from a water line break that occurred Saturday on U.S. 70 East.

City Manager Bob Boyette said the water line break was repaired fairly quickly by city crews. But with there being a loss of pressure, the boil water notice was necessary. Periods of low or no pressure increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system, he added.

The break occurred on a water line that supplies customers within the Nebo water system, which is a McDowell County service.

On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., county officials received a call from Scott Costner with the city of Marion who advised that the U.S. 70 East water main line would be shut down to perform repairs at U.S. 70 East and Memorial Park Road. At 11 a.m., Costner informed county officials the repairs were completed and the U.S. 70 East water main line was back to normal operation.

The county then received a boil water advisory through Nixle at 4 p.m. Saturday from the 911 Communications center and shortly after the McDowell County Water Department issued the same notice to all Nebo water customers.

County Manager Ashley Wooten said he and other county officials began distribution of water advisory notices at 6 p.m. on Saturday. By Monday morning, the county received notification from the city of Marion’s Public Works Director Brant Sikes that the boil water advisory had been lifted and no contaminants were found in the water samples pulled on Saturday.

“We distributed rescind notices to Nebo water customers on Monday,” said Wooten.

Both city of Marion and McDowell County water customers were affected by this incident.

For more information, you may contact the McDowell County Water Department at 652- 6428.