A boil water notice is in effect on parts of Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER) including the hospital, according to a military spokesman.
At least two clusters of military housing units are affected: Moose Crossing and Chugach.
Water is not shut off but the pressure is lower than normal. Residents are advised not to drink the water or to boil it for at least one minute before consumption to kill any potentially harmful bacteria. JBER spokesman Jim Hart said no contamination has been found and it’s fine for residents to take showers or baths with the water.
The boil water notice is the result of scheduled maintenance on a water line feeding a large part of JBER. The work resulted in the water pressure inside the line falling to 20 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) or less. The loss of pressure means there’s a greater chance for contamination to enter the water line.
Doyon Utilities is doing the work. The company has requested that water usage be kept to a minimum to preserve water pressure for those who need it.
The boil water notice is in effect until further notice. Hart said it’s likely to be lifted 24 hours after the work is complete.
The maintenance was scheduled to be performed between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday. More work is scheduled is Aug. 17 starting at 11 p.m. and ending Aug. 18 at 4 a.m. Hart said if pressure in the line drops to 20 psi or less, another boil water notice would be issued but contractors are not expecting that to happen.