Hydrant failure prompts boil water notice in Starkville

Starkville Utilities worked to fix a failed hydrant on Garrard Road Monday (courtesy of Starkville Utilities)

Many within the Starkville city limits found themselves without water Monday evening after a fire hydrant failure interrupted service and prompted a boil water advisory.

Starkville Utilities General Manager Terry Kemp said a boil water notice has been issued for customers in the Valley Hills subdivision, in addition to Summer Tree Road, East Garrard Road and Old West Point Road north of Garrard Road.

The boil water notice is expected to last about three days, Kemp said.

Water service has been cut for those affected, but Starkville Utilities expects service to return some time around 10 p.m. Monday.

“That happened late (Monday) afternoon, and we don’t have a reason for it and will investigate more tomorrow,” Kemp said. “Right now crews are focused on getting it repaired and getting the area back in service.”

The fire hydrant being repaired is located on East Garrard Road and Kemp believes they will have to replace a tap to fix it.