Water Main Break Repairs Complete; Voluntary Boil Advisory Still In Effect; Businesses Announce Reopenings

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tennessee American Water officials have said the water main break is repaired. A Voluntary Boil Advisory is still in effect.

Customers in higher elevations may not experience complete water service for several more hours, said Daphne Kirksey, with Tennessee American Water early Saturday morning.  The water company is asking the public to still conserve water.

Tennessee Aquarium officials said Saturday, "Our facilities maintenance team reports that water pressure has returned to both Aquarium buildings and IMAX early this morning, and the chiller systems are once again operating at full capacity.  Therefore the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will reopen this morning. We want to thank everyone for their support during the past 24 hours."

During the water crisis, the Aquarium added ice to some exhibits in an attempt to save all the animals. However, several fish, urchins, anemones and sea stars in the Vancouver Island exhibit died due to rising temperatures.

The Hunter Museum will be open normal hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday.

Tennessee American Water Company reported that the water main was repaired as of 4:30 a.m.

Officials said water to the system was being restored, but it would take several hours for higher elevations.

EOC officials said, "Please refrain from watering lawns until full system recovery. This will help a lot to get all our neighbors back on.

"When water comes back on, if you experience air or discolored water, run the COLD tap with good pressure flow until the water runs clear."

The city continues to get water to those who need it.

All Youth and Family Development Centers will be closed Saturday, so staff can help with water distribution. The water distribution sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The YFD Centers serving as Water Distribution Sites are: 

  • Avondale 

  • Carver

  • East Chattanooga

  • East Lake

  • John A. Patten

  • North Chattanooga

  • South Chattanooga

  • Westside

Building Closures:

  • Youth and Family Development Centers: 

    • Avondale YFD Center, 1305 Dodson Avenue

    • Brainerd YFD Center, 1010 N. Moore Road

    • Carver YFD Complex, 600 N. Orchard Knob

    • Cromwell YFD Center, 3940 Camellia Drive

    • East Chattanooga YFD Center, 2409 Dodson Avenue

    • East Lake YFD Center, 3601 Dodds Avenue

    • Eastdale YFD Center, 1312 Moss Drive

    • First Centenary Center, 403 Oak Street

    • Frances B. Wyatt YFD Center, 406 Colville Street

    • Glenwood YFD Center, 2610 E. 3rd Street

    • Hixson YFD Center, 5400 School Drive

    • John A. Patten YFD Center, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road

    • North Chattanooga YFD Center, 406 May Street

    • Shepherd YFD Center, 2124 Shepherd Road

    • South Chattanooga YFD Center, 1151 W. 40th Street

    • Tyner YFD Center, 6900 Ty-Hi Drive

    • Washington Hills YFD Center, 4628 Oakwood Drive

    • Westside YFD Center, 1201 Poplar Street


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