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."