As of Wednesday evening, September 30, James Fork water users remain under a boil order. That order includes the cities of Hartford, Hackett, Mansfield and Greenwood.
The boil order has been in effect since Friday, September 25. The Arkansas Department of Health notified area water users on Monday, September 28 that James Fork’s water samples were “bacteriological absent and established chlorine residuals were found.”
James Fork submitted a second set of tests on Tuesday, and are awaiting those results. Once James Fork receives a confirmation on their results, cities can submit their own samples.
According to Mansfield Mayor Buddy Black, it will be late next week, at the earliest, before the order can be lifted. Samples are not couriered to Little Rock on Thursday or Friday, and they must be taken within two consecutive days.
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water should be brought to a “rolling boil for one minute”.