Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times crews were repairing a leak in a 2-inch water line when they accidentally hit an 8-inch line, located in Forest Park near the tennis courts, which feeds water down to the Interstate-70 area.
"The break happened about 2 p.m., but our crews were able to get it repaired at about 5:15 p.m.," he said.
At approximately 3:45 p.m., Raubuch said water services were being shut off to customers south of Forest Park as repairs were being made to the 8-inch line.
Once repairs were completed, a boil order was issued for a portion of Brazil residents living south of Pinckley Street to I-70.
"This does not affect water customers in Carbon, Center Point, Harmony or Knightsville," Raubuch said. "Basically, if someone in Brazil had their water services turned off, they are on the boil order."
According to Raubuch and Mayor Ann Bradshaw, some of the specific areas affected include, but are not limited to Southgate Apartments, St. Andrews Glen and Stan Mar Estates.
With the Easter holiday this weekend, Raubuch said it would slow the process of lifting the 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 (IDEM) on at least two consecutive business days following a leak to ensure no contamination has occurred.
"Our plan is to take the samples to IDEM Sunday and Monday to get the boil order lifted as quickly as possible, which will hopefully happen Tuesday afternoon," Raubuch told The Brazil Times. "We apologize again for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience from Brazil residents."