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Evansville lifts water conservation notice; main breaks still likely

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The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) has lifted the request for water conservation.

On Monday, EWSU officials say reservoir levels at Evansville's water treatment plant have returned to normal; however, they say water main breaks are likely to continue through the winter.

EWSU has responded to a record number of water main breaks – 99 already this year and 79 since the Jan. 9 conservation notice – in Evansville's 600 miles of pipes.

"Thank you to the many Evansville Water and Sewer Utility professionals who have been taking quick action and working day and night – and in challenging weather conditions – to repair numerous water main breaks throughout our City," said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "As a result of those repairs, combined with vigilance over water quality at the treatment plant and conservation efforts by our community members, the City's water quality was never impacted and we were able to avoid a citywide boil advisory."

Although all EWSU filtration pumps are operating in good condition and the Utility's tanks and wells are in good supply, EWSU Executive Director, Allen Mounts, said the Utility is still addressing water main breaks, which are likely to continue throughout the winter, and has issued boil advisories to a few areas.

"Cold snaps put additional pressure on our water system," Mounts said. "We expect water main breaks to happen on a random basis throughout the city, more frequently in the winter months."

Water main breaks can lead to water outages and a reduction or loss of water pressure, which can lead to the need for a boil advisory. Normally, a boil advisory lasts for at least 48 hours.

Quick tips during a boil advisory

Use tap water for:

  • Flushing toilets
  • Washing clothes (unless the water is cloudy)
  • Taking showers (for adults and older children)

Use boiled water for:

  • Drinking
  • Preparing food; washing fruits and vegetables
  • Making ice
  • Mixing infant formula
  • Brushing teeth
  • Giving water to pets

Use extra caution:

  • Most filters do not remove bacteria or viruses.
  • When away from home, be aware of coffee makers, vending machines and soda dispensers with water line supply that may be under boil advisory notice.
  • It is best to sponge bathe infants and toddlers with cooled water that has been boiled.

Call EWSU's dispatch department at (812) 421-2130 if you see a water main break.

Check out water main breaks on the Utility's website as well as boil advisories.

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