While working to replace three 1-inch copper water lines along Lenox Street, between Sycamore and Davis streets, the Brazil Water Department encountered water leaks, which resulted in the need to shut off the water tower at approximately 2:15 p.m., Thursday.
"The lines kind of spider off the 18-inch line in the area," Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times. "There is a lot of pressure coming off the larger line, and we attempted to shut down the 6-inch pump and a 3-inch pump, but there was just too much water coming through."
Another obstacle workers faced was the presence of pea gravel surrounding the lines.
"Like the sand issue a couple weeks ago on Murphy Avenue, we would take out a bucket of the gravel and more would slide right in," Raubuch said.
However, the department was able to complete the repairs at approximately 4:35 p.m., allowing the tower to be turned back on and water services to be restored.
Water line replacement was being conducted in the area in preparation of upcoming road paving planned by the city.
"We want to get the line work done so we hopefully don't have to disturb the new pavement once it goes in," Raubuch said. "In some areas we are also attempting to reroute the lines to run under the grassy area in order to maintain the pavement as much as possible in the future."
With the tower shut off, water pressure fell below 20 psi, which, according to state protocols, requires a boil order to be issued, affecting residents in Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville.
For a boil order to be lifted, three samples must be taken to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on two consecutive business days for Bac-T and contaminant testing.
"With this happening on a Thursday, and us needing to take samples on back-to-back days, we will have to do that on Monday and Tuesday, which would lead to the boil order to be lifted Wednesday afternoon at the earliest," Raubuch said.