Published: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:07
Dear KP Editor:
Why is it that Knox County can send out boil advisory "lifted" notices, but not the initial "boil alert warning"... Seems as if their warning system needs scrutiny. Given the fact the texts are indeed a "warning" notification -wouldn't the precedent be the actual BOIL WARNING?
I suppose my tax dollars are paying for the notification - I'd like to see it working in favor of the entire warning process.
Published: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 01:49
By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
Kenyon College sent out an alert at 5:26 Tuesday evening stating a boil alert is in effect for the village of Gambier. Posts on Facebook indicate that there is a boil alert also in effect for the city of Mount Vernon. A boil order for students living in dorm rooms brings up an interesting question, what if a student doesn't have the means to boil water?
KnoxPages.com contacted the MVPD and a dispatcher said they had no information on the order. The city water department was closed at 4:00 p.m. and the voice mail for after hours calls mentions that the office will be closed January 18th, but no mention of a boil order in effect.
Those who have signed up for KnoxAlerts, the system where one can sign up for such alerts could have received info about the boil alert. But what about the rest of the population of Mount Vernon and Gambier?
A boil order is usually just a precaution used when a water main is ruptured and there's a chance that water could be contaminated. This lack of communication with the public and the local media underscores the necessity for the city, county, and the villages to hold a summit to address communication when something other than a boil order is issued. We hope that such a meeting is convened immediately.
While "unofficial" comments on the boil order were posted on social media Tuesday evening, no official agency communication appeared to be available.
Any water official is welcome to contact KnoxPages.com anytime 24/7 at 740-501-7019 so we can pass the information on to the public. Emails can be sent to [email protected] Questions remain:
- Why is there a boil alert?
- Those who don't have access to a kitchen for boiling (college students in dorms),what are they supposed to do for water?
- How long is this boil order in effect?
- Why isn't there a system in place to inform ALL residents of this?