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Anderson Regional Joint Water System officials are urging Anderson County residents who rely on the system to continue to boil and conserve water due to a major pipe failure on Wednesday night.

Customers are advised to boil their water for at least one minute before drinking or cooking with it, officials said.

The initial notice issued late Wednesday was for customers of Anderson City Utilities, Homeland Park, Starr-Iva and Broadway water districts. However the notice was expanded to customers throughtout the system early Thursday morning.

According to Scott Willett, Executive Director of ARJWS, a 45-year-old pipe broke resulting in the inability to pump water from Hartwell Lake or treat water for consumption. The only water available to customers is the water in storage tanks across the system.

The ARJWS put out reverse-911 alerts about the failure Wednesday night.

The boil water notice includes West Anderson Water District, Hammond Water District, Town of Pendleton, Sandy Springs Water District, Town of Williamston, Big Creek Water District, City of Clemson, Clemson University, in addition to the residents of Electric City Utilities, Homeland Park, Star-Iva Water District, and Broadway Water to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking or cooking. The Joint Water System urges all customers served by the System to conserve as much water as possible, and limit all non essential water usage. This notice is being issued due to an infrastructure failure.

ARJWS officials said the pipe break problem is not associated with a previous foul odor problems the water system has been working to correct. (See separate story)