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Water boil advisory lifted for Valpo communites

Water boil advisory lifted for Valpo communites

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VALPARAISO — After much of Valparaiso as under a boil advisory, the order was lifted Saturday afternoon.

The advisory was lifted as of 1 p.m. for Aberdeen, Autumn Oaks, Emerald Ridge, Eagle View, Tuscany and Heavilin School customers south of the Grand Trunk Railroad.

It was also lifted for customers along U.S. 30 and south of U.S. 30, officials said.

On Friday, all city water customers south of the Grand Trunk Railroad were initially advised to boil water following a water main break at U.S. 30 and Ind. 2.

Utilities Director Steve Poulos said a contractor doing road work at that intersection hit a major artery for the water system.

“We don’t know exactly how many people have low water pressure,” Poulos previously said. It affects not only residents’ dishwashers, laundry, sinks and toilets but also fire hydrants.

Crews responded to the scene to assess and repair the damage. 

The boil advisory applied to all water used for cooking and drinking. The water was instructed to be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using to neutralize any bacteria.

The water microbiology laboratory tested water to ensure it passed safety standards.

The city issued two news releases about the issue. At first, Poulos knew the south side of the city was affected. The first boil order applied to Aberdeen, Autumn Oaks, Emerald Ridge, Tuscany and Heavilin School areas.

At Aberdeen Manor, water dispensers were put in the restrooms for people who needed to wash their hands.

Then residents farther north, but still south of the Grand Trunk Railroad tracks near Evans Avenue, began calling the city to complain about low water pressure.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Water Operations Department at 462-6174 and press menu option No. 5 for water quality.


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