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Residents of the mobile home park on East Philip were advised to boil their water for nearly two weeks, after the water was shut off to fix a leak in the main line.

The “Boil Water Advisory” was issued May 5 as a precaution, the park’s water operator Jeff Joseph said. The advisory was lifted on May 17.

The park is the North Platte Mobile Home Community, formerly known as Patriot Park Mobile Homes, and before then, Key Estates. It consists of about 20 square blocks and has its own water lines.

Joseph said when water for the entire park is shut off, as it was for the main line repair, the water is tested at a state certified laboratory, to make sure no harmful bacteria entered the water lines.

It is a routine precaution, Joseph told the Bulletin.

Joseph took two sets of five water samples each and sent them to the lab for testing. The results were all good, no troubles, he said Wednesday.

However, the park is still working to comply with some other state requirements to keep the water system safe.

A year and a half ago, the state found deficiencies in the park’s preparations for trouble -- such as keeping an updated map of the water system, showing the locations and sizes of all the underground water lines.

Also, the park is required to have equipment ready to go to disinfect the water if it is ever necessary, including two dedicated pumps and labeled electrical outlets for those pumps, according to a notice from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The park also must have an operating manual for the system, and a “cross-connection” program policy, should the water flow ever need to be changed for safety reasons.

That work is in progress, according to a notice to the residents on Thursday.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/18/2017
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