Boil water order issued after major water main break

From staff reports

The city repaired a water main on North Grand Avenue near Dissmore’s IGA which broke early Tuesday morning, but a precautionary boil water order issued as a result still stands, according to a news release.

Officials advise either using bottled water or boiling water for one minute if it will be used for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice or washing dishes. This will help in avoiding illness due to contamination. Discolored water can be expected while the water system recovers, according to the release.

The city took water samples today, according to another release. The lab results are expected by noon Friday and updates will be posted on the city website.

Several hundred thousand gallons of water escaped when a section of 12-inch pipe between Stadium Way and Nye Street ruptured around 4 a.m.

Two water tanks in the College Hill and Military Hill regions drained to very low levels and some parts of the system were completely without water. As a result, homes and businesses in the area experienced little to no water pressure on Tuesday.

The city has begun filling reservoirs, according to the release, though residents are asked to conserve water until further notice as they refill.

Reporting by Cody Cottier