[The Brazil Times nameplate] Partly Cloudy ~ 70°F  
High: 72°F ~ Low: 50°F
Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

UPDATED: Boil order issued

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

By 8:30 a.m., Monday morning, water from a line break had already started pooling up at the intersection of Sherfey Street and National Avenue. Brazil City Water Department officials later discovered there was a break on an 8-inch water line that runs east and west on National Avenue. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* May not be lifted until Friday

A break in a water line off National Avenue forced Brazil City officials to issue a boil order for residents Monday afternoon.

The order includes water customers in Brazil, Carbon, Knightsville, Harmony and Center Point.

At approximately 6:40 a.m., Monday, the water department received word regarding a water leak near Sherfey Street and National Avenue.

Officials told The Brazil Times there was a 4-inch water line located on Sherfey Street and an 8-inch line off National Avenue that could be the culprit. During the initial investigation, they hoped the break was on the 4-inch line, but as the day unfolded, they discovered it was on the 8-inch line.

"It was a pretty good size (break)," Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch said.

The department managed to finally clamp the leak at approximately 5:15 p.m., Monday. However, because it took so much time to get to the leak, officials were forced to drain the water tower, causing the boil order.

Raubuch said crews discovered a "large hole" in the water line but had difficulty getting to it, forcing the shut down.

"With temperatures rising and falling, those old cast iron lines tend to break like that," Raubuch said.

Raubuch said he has already been in contact with officials with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He said he planned to take three samples to their office in Indianapolis Tuesday and three more Wednesday.

He added the city might not get word until Thursday, but more than likely Friday.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I think it would be helpful if the city sent out an automated call or some sort of immediate notice for this type of water hazard...It is Wednesday and I am sure there are many ppl in town who have no idea about this problem and are drinking potentially hazardous water.

-- Posted by CTT149 on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 1:55 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: