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UPDATE: Evansdale boil order lifted

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

A boil order put in place for the City of Evansdale after a water main break on Friday has been lifted.

Sandy Clements, the office manager for the Evansdale Water Works says customers can begin using the water for any purpose without boiling.

She also says lines do not need to be flushed before using the water.


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A boil order has been put in place in the City of Evansdale after a water main break on Friday.

This isn't the first time Evansdale has dealt with a water main break this winter.

"Oh no, this I think, believe number ten so far this year, or this winter anyway," said Mike Ellison, water works foreman.

This is, however, the first water main break affecting the whole city.

The line broke Friday on Michigan Street. The water was shut off Sunday morning for a few hours and now people are being asked to boil the water if they plan to consume it; like drinking, cooking, or brushing their teeth.

"You know there's e. coli, there's all kinds of bugs that can get into the system so it's just a precautionary measure. I mean, we carry a good residual amount of chlorine in the water so anything that would have been introduced would probably be inactivated but as a precaution boil it," said Ellison.

Some businesses in town Sunday decided they didn't want to work through the water issues so they decided to close.

Red's Diner had signs posted in all the windows alerting customers of the inconvenience, but they weren't the only ones.

Just down the street, general manager Matt Whitehead decided to close The Other Place III too.

"There's usually a pretty good crowd on Sundays. It'll hurt to be closed a little but rather err on the side of caution than take any risks and get anybody sick in town," said Whitehead.

Now, Whitehead is looking to purchase bottled water and pop for Monday, but he says he's still unsure if they will even open then.

At Bunger Middle School and Poyner Elementary, officials say they are still having school Monday.

"The district is planning as of this point to bring in some bottled water for the kids. So when they need a drink they have something available to them. We're also having food cooked off site and that will be brought in to the school so that nothing's being prepared actually here in our kitchen," said Trista Manternach, Poyner Elementary principal.

City officials say they plan to test water samples Sunday and Monday, and if those come back clean, they plan to lift the boil order Wednesday.

 

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