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Let the celebration begin — Artesia’s second day of clear water testing has been achieved, and the boil water order in place since Saturday has been lifted.

Test results received at 1:45 p.m. today from Cardinal Laboratories in Hobbs showed no signs of either E. coli or total coliforms, meaning residents and entrepreneurs can now begin the process of preparing their homes and businesses to return to normal operation.

That involves the proper sanitizing and line-flushing procedures outlined below. Residents and business owners are urged to follow these guidelines before resuming consumption/use of city water.

City of Artesia personnel will continue to assist all residents needing help complying with the lifting of the boil water alert. Questions can be directed to 746-9821 or 748-0267.

In addition, a town hall meeting has been scheduled to give the public the opportunity to discuss the recent water issue. This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St.

POST-BOIL ORDER INSTRUCTIONS

Following the lifting of the boil order, residents are advised  to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. Flushing your household and building water lines includes interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers, water treatment units, and so on.

Please follow these guidelines:

Flush sinks, tubs and showers: use both hot and cold water for a minimum of 5 minutes, or until the water turns cold. Running hot water until cold will ensure that the water in the water heater will be replaced with fresh water.  For a residence with multiple levels, start at the top floor.

Toilets: none required.

Washing Machines: none required.

Dish Washers: run through 1 cycle, use the sanitize cycle if equipped.

Outdoor Spigots: flush for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Refrigerator Water Dispenser: flush for a minimum of 5 minutes or at least 1 quart of water.

Faucet/Fridge Water Filters: consider replacing filter per manufacturer recommendation.

In-Line Water Filters: consider replacing filter per manufacturer recommendation.

Ice Makers: dump all existing ice and discard new ice made for an aditional 3 cycles in a 24 hour period to assure complete purging of the water supply line. Wash and sanitize ice bin.

Water Softeners: cycle water softener per manufacturer recommendation.

Reverse Osmosis Systems: cycle through and consider replacing filters per manufacturer recommendation.

Soft Drink Dispensers: contact your service representative.  You can also disconnect flavoring and cycle water through for a minimum of 5 minutes, then reconnect flavoring.

Due to the flushing of the water lines by residents and the flushing of the hydrants, some customers may experience a temporarily reduced pressure and/or discolored water. However, this is an expected result and does not pose a health risk. Contact the Water Department if you have any questions at 575-746-9821.