(KMOV) – Officials in Glen Carbon have fixed a water main break that at one point left more than half the town’s resident under a boil water order.
Glen Carbon officials said the water main broke around 9 p.m. during Tuesday night’s storms. Crews initially could not locate the break, but found it about 100 yards behind a house along a creek.
According to officials, the city has about 70 miles of water main lines, which made locating the broken one tough. It was fixed by Friday morning.
Officials said 60 percent of the town now has access to water, though the boil water order remains in place until further notice.
Under the ‘boil water’ notice, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled for five minutes prior to use. Ice cubes made after the incident occurred should be discarded during the boil order period.
Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin said at one point, the city basically had no water, as the town’s water tank and two reservoirs were empty.
The city says the EPA will test the city’s water on Saturday and results should be available by Sunday. At that point, officials will determine if the boil order will be lifted.