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UPDATED: Leaks result in another boil order

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jake Raubuch
Brazil water customers are again under a boil order.

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.

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Really starting to feel sorry for these guys. Kinda like plugging a hole in the Hoover Dam with a piece of gum.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 5:23 PM

We lost water again. How are we going to be compensated for this?

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 5:38 PM

Guess it's off to the store to buy more water. Oh well, could be worse. At least they were able to fix this one easier and quicker than the other leak.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 5:53 PM


-- Posted by ram0314 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 6:42 PM

Most people that have lived in Brazil for any amount of time, have a water back up stored. I am in the process of putting a 50 gallon tank in my garage.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:19 PM

Yes, we indeed are fortunate. We have our homes and if all we have to do is boil water then we are very lucky. Could be worse we might not have water for even the smallest things like washing our clothes or bathing. Glad the workers were able to get it fixed so quickly. Thank you for your hard work!

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 1:14 AM

It really is pathetic that years of city mismanagement on issues that needed to be addressed are costing us today. The elected officials of today and the future cannot be held accountable for the actions of the past, but these officials must be willing to do what is best for the community and its growth.

In the end, Brazil will not grow into a prosperous community unless our current and future elected leaders do what is necessary.

-- Posted by WickedSpring64 on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 9:54 AM

What is more concerning is the increased frequency of the needed repairs. How long until the entire water system needs a major overhaul?

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 11:17 AM

Who was it that posted here a while back that it would be two weeks before another boil order was issued? Told you that was optomistic.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 11:24 AM

Just 2 statements:

1, Mayor Bradshaw has been a part of the city government for a long time before she became mayor, so some the "past"mismanagement she can and should be held accountable for.

2, Think maybe the water LINES should have been considered before the water TOWER was built. What is going to happen to these antiquated lines when the new water tower is turned on?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 5:25 PM

Walmart will make alot of money selling water.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 9:10 PM


you are absolutely correct on statement #1!

i'm just a dumb motorcycle mechanic, not an engineer. but, if the oil lines on a motorcycle were leaking; i wouldn't put a new and bigger oil tank on the motorcycle to solve the problem. i'm smart enough to know that it would create a bigger mess. therefore, you are also correct on statement #2!

good job on your comments!

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 8:33 AM

Wednesday the boil order will be lifted...

Who's up for guessing when and where the next leak will be? Not sure where they are currently working...but my guess on when would be May 9th.

-- Posted by Uugh on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 2:56 PM

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