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Boil Order lifted

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jake Raubuch
The most recent boil order issued for Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville was lifted at 4 p.m., Thursday.

The order had been issued April 28, after officials with the Brazil City Water Department discovered leaks in three 1-inch lines along Lenox Street, between Sycamore and Davis Streets, while working on the distribution system in preparation of upcoming road paving.

Due to the pressure coming from the connecting 18-inch line, the water tower had to be temporarily shut off while repairs were made.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Public Information Officer Amber Finkelstein told The Brazil Times the process in lifting a boil order is the governmental entity submits three water samples to a certified lab, which tests the samples. Once the tests are complete, results are sent to IDEM to be confirmed.

Water samples must go through bacteriological testing on two consecutive business days and come back free of contaminants before the order may be lifted.

Finkelstein added the testing labs may be closed on weekends and on state holidays, like Election Day, which Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch said is what held up the process this time around.

"We were unable to take samples with the offices closed over the weekend, then we weren't able to get samples up there Tuesday with it being Election Day," Raubuch said.

"I know boil orders are a real strain on the residents and businesses and I apologize for the inconvenience."

According to state protocols, a boil order must be issued any time the water pressure in a distribution system drops below 20 psi.

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The least the city could do is keep the residents updated as this process occurs. If we have an idea as to what was going people wouldn't get so hateful and aggrivated about the situation.

-- Posted by benna30 on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 5:44 AM

I believe the assitant didn't know when the boil order would be lifted. I can understand the frustration, but don't knock the assistant until they are informed they can't say !

-- Posted by bowling on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 10:11 AM

bowling, more than likely the assistant will be replaced soon.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 11:13 AM

I'm certain in this specific case that if the mayor knew something, then her assistant knew something. I'm very sure I wouldn't have been the lone phone call they took on this matter.

And even if for argument sake I had been their only call on this...shouldn't they be anticipating that the public would be asking this question, especially after having been told in advance that the boil order was likely to be waived on Wednesday?

They knew. They were just waiting for confirmation, which I understand. What I don't understand is the way she put it to me...maybe you had to be there.

Sorry for complaining, but they should have better public-relations skills than that. But I'm sure given the results of this past Tuesday, they probably aren't on their best behavior.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 11:26 AM

My Mom was notified via email when the boil order had been lifted.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 12:16 PM

I'll sure be glad when Ann Bradshaw leaves office. All these water leaks will stop!! She IS the cause, isn't she? (Note: this is meant to be a sarcastic remark)

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 3:37 PM

I give it a week till the next boil order comes out. any takers?

-- Posted by clycogrl on Sat, May 7, 2011, at 4:57 PM

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