Brazil water customers will be under a boil order until further notice.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., Friday morning, City of Brazil officials discovered a large leak in a 12-inch water line on Murphy Avenue, approximately one-half mile south of United States 40.
After spending much of the day attempting to access the pipe, officials found the line had been worked on before, but the repair clamp had become loose.
"We were unable to access enough valves to shut down the flow, and the leak had ate a hole in the line," Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times at 6:40 p.m., Friday. "Unfortunately, we are going to have to shut down the tower, which will happen within the next hour, which initiates a boil order."
Per state health protocols, officials are required to issue a boil order when water pressure falls below 20 psi and three Bac T samples must be sent to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on at least two consecutive business days following a leak to ensure no contamination has occurred.
The boil order also affects Brazil Water customers in Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville.