Water main break on West Ash Street affects 279 customers

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 6:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A water main broke at 2012 W. Ash St. on Wednesday morning, affecting 279 Columbia Water & Light customers.

Courtyard Apartments on West Ash Street and the Williams-Keepers LLC office  building on West Broadway were affected.

The cause of the water main break was movement of the ground, Floyd Turner, the water operations manager at Water & Light, said.

"The ground movement is caused by the long period of dry weather,” he said.

A boil advisory is in effect for some customers in the area. Before drinking or cooking with water for the next 24 hours, people should boil it for 3 minutes.

The boil advisory “is a precautionary measure that we are required to do when the water pressure drops bellow 20 psi,” Turner said.

People will be informed about the water main break by hang tags on their doors.

Columbia Water & Light started to repair the pipe right after it was notified. A crew was sent in the early afternoon.

“The water will be restored within the next few hours," Turner said. "Water pipe repairs usually take from four to six hours.”

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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