Can DeKalb County restaurants remain open during the water outage?

A water main break has Buford Highway shut down in both directions in Doraville, authorities said. Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

A massive water main break in DeKalb County this morning has impacted schools, hospitals, businesses and other services across the county. DeKalb County is currently under a boil water advisory and multiple cities are reporting water outages.

Despite both the water outage and the water boil advisory in DeKalb, some restaurants in that county may still open doors and feed diners. The restaurants that open during the water outage are ones that must have a pre-approved water interruption plan. Restaurants in DeKalb County that are open today without a water interruption plan are in violation of health codes, said Georgia Restaurant Association CEO Karen Bremer.

Per the Georgia Department of Public Health Water Interruption Brochure for food service programs:

“Food service establishments that wish to continue service during a Water Interruption Event shall have a pre-approved emergency water supply plan in place. This plan must be reviewed and approved by the Health Authority before the water interruption occurs, and should contain options for the different types of orders.

These options include:

  1. A supply of containers of commercially bottled drinking water;
  2. One or more closed portable water containers;
  3. An enclosed vehicle water tank;
  4. An on-premises water storage tank; or
  5. Piping, tubing, or hoses connected to an adjacent approved source
  6. Other alternative methods approved by the Health Authority

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