- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

MOUNTAIN PINE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Health says it only recently received a report from nearly two years ago that shows potential sanitary hazards in Mountain Pine’s water tank.

The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1SYecWV ) reports that the department received the May 2014 report on Tuesday. The inspection revealed debris and hazards inside the 110,000-gallon standpipe tank.

The department initiated a precautionary boil order Wednesday and held an emergency water safety meeting Thursday.

The department’s chief engineer, Lance Jones, says the department asked the utility if they’ve done any work or maintenance since the inspection. The utility responded, saying it hadn’t done anything in the two years since the report.

Jones says monthly lab tests of water samples the city collects and sends to the department haven’t raised sanitary concerns in the past.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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