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      Columbia water main break causes schools to close early

      CHAPIN (WACH) -- A City of Columbia water main break is causing some area schools to have early release.

      Chapin High School and Lexington-Richland Five's Alternative Academy for Success will close at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

      The schools are experiencing extremely low water pressure, hindering plumbing to work correctly.

      School administrators say students will leave school by their normal transportation methods.

      Early Thursday morning a boil advisory was given out to those living in the Chapin area this after The City of Columbia experienced a 12 inch main break.

      Officials say this could possibly result in bacterial contamination of the water in customers from Old Lexington Highway at Primrose Lane, North to Include the Town of Chapin.

      Water customers should continue to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwise notified by the City of Columbia Water Works.

      Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.

      The City of Columbia Water Works is presently working to correct the problem.

      All food processors and restaurants should comply with prescribed USDA and SC DHEC recommendations, respectively.

      Should you have any questions pertaining to this advisory, please call the Lexington/Richland County Environmental Health Office at 576-2910 or the South Carolina Hospitality Association at 765-9000.

      Questions concerning healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities should be directed to the SC DHEC Division of Health Licensing at 545-4370.