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Two-town boil order lifted

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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City of Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch said the boil order for Knightsville and Harmony was lifted Tuesday.
Now that a 10-inch water main has been replaced for water customers in Knightsville and Harmony, Brazil City Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch is confident water department officials will have fewer water line leaking issues in the future.

According to Raubuch, the city contracted a company to check for leak detection on the line serving the Knightsville and Harmony customers.

Upon finding the leaks, it was determined the line had to be replaced.

Officials began replacing the line Wednesday, Aug. 8, and remained under a boil order until Tuesday afternoon.

"A section (of the line) needed to be replaced," Raubuch said. "The leak was a considerable amount."

However, Raubuch said officials with the Indiana State Department of Health conducted two 24-hour back-to-back tests of water samples, which came back satisfactory. Raubuch added officials took the samples to Indianapolis Sunday and Monday and learned they checked out fine via e-mail Tuesday.

"Everything looks real good," Raubuch said. "We're real pleased so far. That added rain here lately gives us a little hope, too."

During the Staunton Town Council meeting Monday, Raubuch -- who also serves as the town's water superintendent -- said extreme heat impacts water lines negatively.

"Dry weather is extremely difficult on the water lines," he said.

As a result, the Town of Staunton has experienced several leaks on a handful of lines in recent months.

Because of this, two particular lines will be replaced in the future.

Raubuch said a 1.5-inch water line heading north on County Road 425 West, and another 1.5-inch water line heading south on the same road, are supposed to be replaced, possibly sometime in the fall.

"It's one of the last few old lines that is still in the system in Staunton," Raubuch said. "We've had multiple leaks on that (line) for some time now."

Otherwise, other water lines in the surrounding towns and the City of Brazil are still functioning, according to Raubuch.

"You hope everything stays intact," he said. "But everything looks real good."



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