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Water temporarily shut down; Brazil water customers to be under boil order

Thursday, December 25, 2008

* Updated at 9:29 a.m.

For the second time in less than three weeks, Brazil water customers will be under a boil advisory.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw confirmed to The Brazil Times a four-inch water main, located near the intersection of Union Street and State Road 340, broke at approximately 2:15 a.m., Thursday morning.

Bradshaw also said the Brazil City Water Department has temporarily shut off water services in order to make repairs to a section of the line. When workers were able to get to the line, they found gas lines and lines for other utilities. For safety precautions, the Water Department is waiting for clearance from these utilities before working on the water line.

"It looks like they may be in for a long day," she said.

Services may be restored by 8 p.m., but all customers of the Brazil Water Utility will be under a boil water advisory until further notice. Areas affected include Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville.

"The sad thing is that it occurred on Christmas," Bradshaw said. "Luckily the stores aren't open, but I have been making calls trying to get the word out."

The Brazil Times will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Dear City Workers,

Although it's a small inconvenience to be without water, YOU are to be highly commended for working to restore water to our community; especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. We're so appreciative! May you and your families be blessed during this season and may you eventually enjoy a Merry Christmas! Hats off to you all!

-- Posted by Shadrach on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 12:30 PM

I hope they are being paid well! They deserve good comp. for their occupation. Thanks to all of you who help to keep our water running on our holiest of days.MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

-- Posted by rooster1 on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 12:44 PM

Maybe this would be a good reason for the community to support the water raise and get a new water tower and water lines. I am so thankful for the city workers, and I'm sure they are compensated well for working on the Holidays. Merry Christmas!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 4:05 PM

As we all know the water and sewer system in Brazil has been worn out for many years. I would like to thank Mayor Bradshaw for taking the time to notify the city of the problem. The citizens are lucking to have a Mayor who is a citizen and also a caring member of our community. Thank You Ann for all that you do, especially on Christmas, and thanks also to your family, for sharing you with the citizens of Brazil.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 8:38 PM

I love how all the citizens of Brazil are praising the plan on improvement of the water system. They are only expecting to have an increase of 87%. All the surrounding towns that purchase water from Brazil are looking at a 167% increase. Gee. Isnt it funny, that I dont have a vote on the city of Brazil's leadership, since they are proposing that I foot the bill for their huge water system overhaul. Nothing like job security. Afterfall, Lets not make the people that voted me in office mad, Lets HOSE the surrounding towns. Politics at its best! Merry Christmas!

-- Posted by WhateversClever on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 11:22 PM

I have retired from working in electric generating stations and now work in a water treatment plant. As utilities, we all know that working in this field is a 24 hour seven day a week career. I think I had one Christmas off every ten years or so. But every year, there was always someone who posted an email or called just to let us know that they appreciated us doing what we do and that always made us feel good about being there. I am sure the Brazil workers appreciated these thoughts too.

-- Posted by levrav on Fri, Dec 26, 2008, at 10:04 AM


The city is losing money selling it to surrounding towns at the current rate. Why should Brazil soak in the cost of selling it to other towns? Maybe those towns should start drilling and obtaining their own water if that 167% increase is a problem. That 167% increase is set by your town board. Your town board sets the price of the water, not Brazil. Brazil is only trying to at least come even on selling the water, not lose money as the city has for several years.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 6:33 PM

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