Tap water unsafe to drink on Tenth Street downtown after water main repairs

Saturday, June 22, 2013 | 3:10 p.m. CDT; updated 4:35 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2013
Jacqui Joyce, left, and Alexandria Horner take their shoes off to walk through the water flowing down Ninth Street after a water main break in downtown Columbia early Saturday.

COLUMBIA — Downtown Columbia Water and Light customers on Tenth Street between Cherry Street and Elm Street should boil water for three minutes prior to drinking it or using it for cooking, according to a city Nixle alert.

Recent repairs after an early Saturday water main break on Ninth Street have caused water to be unusable straight from the tap, according to the release. The advisory also stated residents should not use ice from automatic ice makers, but should remake ice with boiled water. Dishes and cooking surfaces should be disinfected by immersing them in water mixed with one teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon for one minute.  

The affected water appeared dirty and yellowish after the water main break, a City of Columbia operator said Saturday afternoon. Because of the water boil advisory, the Break Time Neighborhood Market at Tenth and Elm streets has temporarily closed its soda fountain.

Columbia Water and Light could not be reached about the duration of the advisory. The City of Columbia operator said the city would send out another alert when the water is safe to consume.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.

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