HAMMOND | In the midst of a heat advisory, an independent living community for seniors was without water Thursday because of a water line break.
At 10:30 a.m., NIPSCO struck a water line while upgrading the electrical service at the Renaissance Towers, 524 E. Michigan St., officials said.
Property Owner Saundra Jones said the water line was repaired by 5 p.m. Thursday. A part of the pipe needed to be cut out and replaced, she said.
The Hammond Water Department and NIPSCO provided cases of bottled water to residents in the hot weather.
Stan Dostatni, of the Hammond Sanitary District, said city employees supplied two cases of water per apartment and 400 extra cases in the complex lobby as of Thursday afternoon. Drinking water will be continued to be supplied in the next few days, he said.
"The main concern is the well-being of the residents," said Rick Calinski, NIPSCO public affairs manager. "NIPSCO and the Hammond Water Department are working together to get this resolved as soon as possible."
There will be an order for all residents to boil water before drinking it until Tuesday, Dostatni said. Two tests must be done on the water after it is turned on to ensure it is safe to drink.
Jones said the 900 residents of Renaissance Towers are primarily senior citizens, people with disabilities and children.