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.