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Water main break causes low water pressure in homes, boil advisory

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A nearly 60 year old water main bursts overnight near F Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids.

"The pipe is something we've been watching,"  said Bruce A. Jacobs, the city's utilities engineering manager.

When the main broke, water shot out of the pipe, wearing away the land and causing a large hole in the ground.

After it broke around midnight, homes in the area quickly began losing water pressure.

Utility managers say some homes didn't have water at all.

"We're talking about 1,600 service connections potentially affected," said Tariq Baloch, a water utility plant manager.

All of those homes affected are also now under a boil advisory.

But because of disinfectants in the water, the city says most people aren't at a major risk - the advisory is just for precautionary measures.

"It's a way to inform folks that have some sensitivity to contaminants to take the necessary precautions," Baloch said.

Low water pressure also caused some Cedar Rapids schools to close, forcing some parents to stay home from work.

But the city says that shouldn't be a problem on Friday.

"Right now, the situation should be normal for everyone in terms of water pressure," Jacobs said.

The city will get water tests results Saturday, and will either lift or extend the advisory.

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