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Boil advisory lifted for all of Daviess Co.

Flooding caused by water main break (From Jaz Hulsey) Flooding caused by water main break (From Jaz Hulsey)
A lot of people purchased water in bulk from local stores(WFIE) A lot of people purchased water in bulk from local stores(WFIE)
Crews were able to cap one of the breaks late Monday and worked through the night trying to cap the other one. (WFIE) Crews were able to cap one of the breaks late Monday and worked through the night trying to cap the other one. (WFIE)
Sign on IGA store door(WFIE) Sign on IGA store door(WFIE)
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

The boil order has been lifted for all of Daviess County.

OMU posted a map to Facebook and Twitter Thursday morning saying the order is lifted for everyone except 300 customers near the plant where work is being done.

Friday morning, OMU said the boil order has now been lifted for those customers.

Both of the water main breaks in Daviess County, Kentucky have been repaired and water has been restored to all customers.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, OMU officials said they are back up and running, and residents should start seeing water pressure return. 

You might notice trapped air or cloudiness when you turn on our faucet. Officials say you can just keep the faucet on until the water runs clear.

All of Daviess County is under a State of Emergency following a water main break at the old Owensboro Municipal Utilities water plant early Monday. The county fiscal court declared the state of emergency around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

[Click here for list of business closures and shifts cancellations in Owensboro]

OMU officials say there were actually two main breaks, a 20 inch and 24 inch. According to OMU, the 20 inch main that failed is believed to be the original cast iron main from Plant A installed in the early 1900s.

Crews were able to cap one of the breaks late Monday and worked through the night to cap the other one, eventually getting it capped early Tuesday morning.

The water system was then flushed. After the flush, water quality samples were taken. The advisories were then lifted as the sample results came in.

The area between Birkhead Ave and Leitchfield Rd on E 4th St and E 2nd St have been blocked off entirely due to the leak. This includes Wing Avenue.

Thousands of people have been affected by this water main break, and they're clearing out grocery stores trying to fill up. 

At the Hometown IGA in Owensboro, managers say they ran out of water bottles for sale. We're told another shipment was delivered a few hours later, that too flew off the shelves. 

[14 News is teaming up with PD&S transportation to collect bottled water for Owensboro residents.]

Officials say you can report stores that are upping the price of water to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

A similar break happened back in November. 

Also, several people have been asking if they should turn off their water heaters during this situation. OMU tells us this:

  • If it’s a gas water heater, turn off pilot light
  • If it’s electric, turn off the tank

If you’re not sure which kind you have, contact a plumber for help.

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