North Atlanta, malls remain under boil water advisory

Residents and businesses -- including Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza -- are being asked to boil water because of a power outage at the city's Northside Pumping Station.

The area under the advisory is West Wesley Road to the south; the DeKalb County line to the east; Northside Drive to the west and Wieuca Road, Loridans Drive and Churchill Downs to the north. DeKalb County is not under the advisory. City of Atlanta officials could not estimate how many customers were impacted.

The power interruption took place at about 5:30 a.m. and was restored approximately two hours later, city officials said. A problem with the battery is the suspected culprit of the outage, said Rob Hunter, the city's Watershed Management commissioner.

City officials are investigating what happened and are maintaining the advisory as a precautionary measure to prevent anyone from getting sick from potential bacterial contamination.

City officials said the water should be boiled for at least one minute after it reaches a boiling point and then cooled and kept in containers.

--Mashaun D. Simon contributed to this report.

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