WARSAW – Indiana American Water issued a boil advisory Friday, July 19, for about 75 customers on the city’s north side after a break occurred in a 12-inch water main along Anchorage Road east of Detroit Avenue in Warsaw.
The break disrupted service for several hours on Friday morning to approximately nine restaurants and retail customers near the Meijer Store on Anchorage Road, and also dropped pressure for several dozen customers in the Warsaw Airport Industrial Park located just northeast of the main break, according to a news release from the water utility.
Crews were working to repair the main break on Friday and service was expected to be restored to the affected commercial customers by mid-day.
The area affected by the boil water advisory includes the Meijer grocery and restaurants and retail businesses surrounding the store, as well as an area with mostly commercial/industrial customers at the Warsaw Airport Industrial Park, which is roughly bounded on the north by the Warsaw Municipal Airport, on the west by Detroit Avenue, on the south by CR East 200N, and on the east by North CR 100E. Indiana American Water is using its CodeRED emergency notification tool to notify customers in the affected area. They will be notified in the same way when the boil advisory is lifted.
Indiana American Water customers in the boil advisory area are advised to drink and cook with tap water only after boiling it for approximately three minutes. Tap water can be used for washing/bathing.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) mandates precautionary boil advisories to ensure high-quality water in the event water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch (psi) in any part of a distribution system. According to company officials, boil advisories are issued as a precaution with a customer’s best interests in mind. It’s possible, but unlikely, bacteria could enter the water system when pressure in the line drops below 20 psi, the statement said.