SCHERERVILLE — Crews from the town's Public Works Department were working Tuesday afternoon to repair an automatic shut-off valve on the Anna Street water tower that malfunctioned and caused the tower to overflow.

A caller advised public works staff at about 3 p.m. that they believed the water tower was leaking, according to Schererville's Public Works Director Jeff Huet.

However, upon further investigation, crews learned the tower was overflowing, he said.

The brutally cold weather appears to be the culprit.

Huet said he suspects an altitude valve in the bottom of the tower that monitors water levels is not working due to ice in the system. The valve, when working properly, will detect an overflow and automatically shut off the flow of water, Huet said. 

To pump water out of the tower and access the altitude valve inside, crews had to shut off two valves along Anna Street at U.S. 30 and Joliet Street, temporarily disrupting water service to eight to 10 homes in the area.

Huet said no boil advisory has been issued and there's no cause for concern about the town's drinking water.

Huet said it was not yet determined when repairs could be completed.

Questions should be directed to the town's Public Works Department. Any updates will be posted to the department's website.

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Kale is a photographer with the Times. He is a Region native, hailing from Schererville. He writes feature stories, shoots photos, and co-produces Byline, a Times podcast. He is a graduate of Indiana University.