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MLGW issues boil water notice for all customers

Freezing temperatures have led to several water main breaks across the Memphis area, causing low water pressure.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) has issued a Boil Water Advisory for all customers. Multiple water lines have broken due to the freezing temperatures and that has caused low pressure issues, according to MLGW.

MLGW has asked that anyone who gets water from them should boil their water for at least three minutes before drinking it, using it to make ice, brushing their teeth, or washing dishes. They've also asked residents to limit their water usage during the Boil Water Advisory.

Tap water is safe for bathing and showering, but MLGW says you should avoid getting the water in your mouth as much as possible.

The low water pressure due to water line breaks can cause bacteria to grow within the pipes that bring water to homes and businesses in Memphis and Shelby County. MLGW says that they plan to repair the breaks and then test the water system to make sure that no harmful levels of bacteria are present.

Boiling water for three minutes and then letting it cool down will help to kill any bacteria that may have gotten into the water supply. 

ABC24 will update this article once the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted or you can download the ABC24 app to get a notification sent to your phone. 

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