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:
Use boiled water for:
Use extra caution:
Call EWSU's dispatch department at (812) 421-2130 if you see a water main break.
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