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Boil order avoided

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jake Raubuch
An 18-inch water line broke Wednesday morning, but fortunately for Brazil Water utility customers, a boil order was not necessary.

Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times the line, which flowed directly from the well field, split along the edge of United States 40, just west of Hunter's Lounge, shortly before 10 a.m., Wednesday.

"It was an older line, and we had to cut part of it out and replace it with a new section," Raubuch said.

Although he could not pinpoint the exact cause of the break, Raubuch said the frigid weather and ice on the roads could have been contributors.

"With all the ice on the ground and the big trucks traveling along U.S. 40, it could have caused enough of a vibration in the ground to make the line split," he said.

While there were worries about the possibility of losing enough water and pressure in the tower, which would have caused a temporary shutdown of water services while instituting a boil order, crews were able to avoid them.

"We were very fortunate to be able to cap off the line quickly and avoid losing the tower," Raubuch told The Brazil Times Thursday. "The absolute last thing we would have wanted to do in that situation, with so many people without power at the same time, was shut off the water for any amount of time."

He added a main reason making the situation different, even with a larger line, than recent breaks within the city, was the pressure level.

"With the smaller lines in the residential areas, the pressure is much higher," Raubuch said. "Plus, there are many times where there isn't a valve in the immediate area of the break in order to cut off the flow through a line, which means more water and pressure is lost in the tower."

Raubuch told The Brazil Times crews with the Brazil City Water Department were able to complete the repairs Wednesday evening, and as of 1 p.m., Thursday afternoon, the water tower and storage tanks were still in the process of filling to their capacities.

"It always takes a while for the tanks to fill up to their maximum levels," he said. "Fortunately, we didn't lose too much water and I credit all the workers for being dedicated to fixing the break as quickly as possible to help prevent the need for a boil order, especially with the weather conditions we have had the past couple of days."

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Thank you so much for your quick work!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 5:39 AM

This is the first time i can remember that wen the 18 inch line from river broke the water did not have to be shut off. was it because of the upgrading in the water system?

-- Posted by grays on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 9:28 AM

way to go Jake and all who helped.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 2:17 PM

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