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Boil order could last until Friday

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

* First samples to be taken today

A break in an 18-inch water main near the well fields in Putnam County has Brazil water customers, including those in Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville under a boil order for the time being.

For most of the morning and into early Tuesday afternoon, many customers were without water services as members of the Brazil City Water Department, along with Barrett's Excavating, Center Point, worked to replace approximately 12 feet of the cast-iron line with PVC.

"We ended up losing all the water out of both the two ground storage tank and the elevated tank," Brazil City Water Supervisor Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times. "The line was probably put in back in 1954 or 1955, and when we got down to it we found a large split in the line."

Officials discovered the leak, which occurred about a half-mile west of the well fields, between 6 and 7 p.m., Monday, and initially requested residents conserve water in an attempt to maintain some water pressure.

However, with the water loss from the elevated storage tank, a boil order was issued for all Brazil water utility customers early Tuesday morning.

"It took a while to get the pressure back up after repairing the line, but the elevated tank began filling up around 11:30 a.m.," he said. "Water services were restored to customers shortly after that."

Due to low water pressure, the Clay Community School Corporation issued an order for early dismissal Tuesday as well.

Raubuch told The Brazil Times the department will take its first set of water samples today, which will be taken to the State Board of Health along with a second set Thursday, for testing.

"After we take the samples to the state, we should know the results of the testing sometime Friday afternoon," he said.

Center Point Clerk-Treasurer Roger Campbell confirmed to The Brazil Times Tuesday afternoon the town would again be taking its own samples to the state, and also anticipates receiving the results Friday.

"We were concerned with the low pressure in the hydrants," Campbell said. "According to Indiana Department of Environmental Management, samples must be good on two consecutive days before a boil order can be lifted, which may be Friday in this case."

At around 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, officials with the Brazil City Fire Department requested tanker assistance from Van Buren, Dick Johnson, Posey and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments until 7 a.m., today.

This has been the third boil order issued since the beginning of the year, with one issued Jan. 19, for the Town of Carbon only, and the second, which affected all Brazil water customers, occurred April 30.

"Brad Barrett from Center Point brought an excavator with him, which really helped us get this fixed quicker to get water services back to the customers," he said. "I really appreciate all the help we had in fixing the main, but I especially appreciate the patience the residents have had."

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This is a result of the last 50+ years neglect. It started with Mayor Norval Pickett and has gone down hill from there. Alot of the fire chiefs complained about the low water pressure for the public safety issues, but nobody listiened. The bottom line is that the citizens of Brazil have to let their Mayor and Councilmen know that now is the time to act and make it right. Has anyone wondered why your water bill is so high compared to the rest of the country?

-- Posted by classof1979bhs on Tue, May 26, 2009, at 10:46 PM

We are fast approaching the same status as a third world country. This could be an emergency situation as pipes seem to be falling apart. Even those who have wells count on the city's water so their children who go to school can attend. If their are no working toilets how can the schools function? Do we put portajohns in the parking lots? How can the restaurants function? The Doctor's offices? The grocery stores? How do the people who depend on car washes and laundromats to earn a living make their money? What about those who haul water for a living? How do the firemen put out fires?

I think county supervisors as well as the mayor need to work on this as it effects whole county. Might even approach governor about a possible state of emergency being a possibility if any more of the water system collapses. Potable water is a necessity to allow our community to function.

It's not just the boil orders anymore, it's the availability of the water itself. Is the city going to just pass out rain barrels and tell everyone that they are on their own? People within the water system's reaches may soon be doing that on their own to insure that they have enough to flush their toilets with at very least.

When we lived in NC we actually saved our washing machine water and used it to water our garden and flush our toilets... there were fines for people who washed their cars or watered their lawns.

maybe time to think about ways to recycle the water we have as seems we can't count on it being there when needed.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 6:51 AM

I think we as citizens of Brazil should ban together and attend the city hall meetings to share our grievences directly with the mayor and the city council! What other options do we seem to have other then voicing our opinions face to face with these people who are SUPPOSE to have our best interests at heart! You know as well as I, they don't give a fig!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 7:47 AM

Let me see.... water bill increased 200%, but yet we can't just go to the sink and get water. Every time you turn around, oops.. under another boil order. What exactly are we paying for...?? I would just once be able to go through one complete month or week and not be under boil order. I think the mayor needs to look into the situation more thouroughly. Maybe a change in employees, who knows. All I know is I am really tired of paying a unreasonable water bill and not even getting anything in return, except for a headache dealing with the boil orders. OH, wait a minute, I guess Brazil water is trying to get in the Guiness Book of World Records for who can have the most boil orders !!!

-- Posted by Inqtono15 on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 10:45 AM

A change in employees is absurd ~ have you ever witnessed how these guys are out busting their butts in any kind of weather to clear up whatever problem the water system has? Do you want to crawl out of a warm bed in subzero weather to fix a problem with the water system??? It is what it is ~ an old system that needs to be updated ~ with a City budget that won't allow for that right now ~ have you read the recent articles on the City's struggling finances? The water system's condition is not the fault of the current administration or the water dept employees ~ it's old & until the city administration can position themselves to begin the replacement of the water system we will all be inconvenienced for a few days on some occasions ~ do you dis Duke this bad when we are without power due to a storm? Last time I checked the Mayor lived within city limits which obviously inconveniences her when the boil order is in effect ~ think she likes it ~ probably not ~ think she'd like to have the money to upgrade the system ~ probably so ~ this is Brazil, IN ~ deal with it ~ or move

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 3:39 PM

I have to agree with Karebabe on this one... I have seen the Water Department people working in really horrible conditions. I am sure that even though they might be getting a few hours of overtime it would not be paid at the same rate as a plumber would charge you.

Yes, the problems are the direct result of many years of neglect. We always seem to put off making replacements when a quick patch would serve.

My big complaint has always been the billions of dollars we pour down the rat holes of foreign governments. My feeling has always been that we should have taken care of our own infrastructure needs.

Now my only suggestion is for our local leaders to push our senators and representative to get us some federal money. We could use some "earmark" money here.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 5:10 PM

ROFL...You go Kare!!

-- Posted by RickS on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 5:44 PM

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