ELAINE, Ark. — A boil water order was lifted for the residents of Elaine on Wednesday after technical and physical issues occurred in the city’s water system, increasing the chances of bacterial contamination, the city's mayor said.
Elaine Mayor Lisa Hicks Gilbert shared the announcement on Facebook on Sept. 20.
She made the original advisory announcement Sept. 17 on social media, stating the order was precautionary. She told ABC24 the city was conducting daily sample tests for the Arkansas Department of Health and would wait to lift the boil order until the department advises them to do so.
In Gilbert's social media posts, people were advised to boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
On Sept. 18, Phillips County Office of Emergency Management and 911 distributed water to residents at Elaine City Hall.