Boil order remains for Griffith after water main fix

2014-01-20T18:00:00Z 2014-01-20T23:05:22Z Boil order remains for Griffith after water main fixMatt Mikus matt.mikus@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com
January 20, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | A boil order remained in effect Monday for residents south of Main Street after Griffith public works crews repaired a water main break.

The main was fixed about midnight Sunday, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.

The break was caused when an Enbridge contractor struck the water main Sunday morning, causing 1 million gallons of water to drain from the south water tower.

Residents living south of Main Street are reminded to boil water before using it for cooking or drinking.

Konopasek said the order will remain in effect until two separate water samples, at least 24 hours apart, are tested for any bacteria concerns.

"We've never had a positive result of a sampling after a water break, so we're anticipating a clean report after the test comes back," Konopasek said.

He said the earliest possible time for the boil order to be lifted would be Wednesday afternoon.

The Griffith town home page features a "common questions and answers" section regarding the boil order, council member Rick Ryfa said.

Ryfa said the emergency phone notification system, CodeRed, helped Griffith residents stay informed during the water main break. He suggested residents visit the town website to sign up to the service.

Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said the company apologizes for any inconveniences. Anyone who suffered direct property damage caused by the water main break can call (866) 410-4356 or email LINE6BPhase2@enbridge.com.

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