An advisory suggesting residents of the Bluff Road area between Idlewild Boulevard and Interstate 77 boil their drinking and cooking water is now a formal notice, since lab tests have shown the public water has been contaminated by harmful bacteria.
The area affected includes the Arthurtown subdivision and the large apartment complexes along Bluff that are home to many USC students, including The Retreat, The Lofts and Copperbeach.
The boil water notice will continue until further tests show the water is no longer contaminated, according to officials with the city of Columbias water division.
Boiling should be vigorous and continue for at least one minute, according to city and state health officials. Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.
The contamination occurred after a 10-inch water main broke.