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.