Cedar Lake under boil advisory until Friday
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent February 21, 2013 3:24PM
Updated: March 28, 2013 4:25PM
CEDAR LAKE — A 48-hour boil advisory is in effect until Friday for the West 133rd Avenue and Industrial Drive corridor after a large water main break Wednesday morning.
Ian Nicolini, town administrator, said the main line on the south side of West 133rd Avenue broke mid-morning Wednesday forcing the early dismissal of Hanover Central High School and the closure of some of the businesses. The repair was made in the early evening.
“We were having a difficult time locating the valve to shut it off,” Nicolini said.
The main that broke was part of the water supply system formerly operated by Utilities Inc. The town purchased the utility in 2010. Nicolini said the system is 30 to 40 years old. The break, which was the largest since the town acquired the system, showcases the need for an updated water atlas plan that will identify where all of the valves in the system are located.
“The information we had wasn’t sufficient,” he said.
Richard Cook, interim superintendent for Hanover Community Schools, said students at the high school were sent home at 1 p.m. Wednesday. School resumed Thursday and will continue Friday with bottled water for students and staff. Drinking fountains have been turned off and hand sanitizer is being used in the bathrooms in lieu of running water. Toilets are able to function properly.
“We are using all bottled water and we have plenty of it,” Cook said. An alert was out to parents Wednesday and again on Thursday. If the town’s testing of the system goes well, classes will resume Monday without the bottled water.
Tina Brinkley, owner of the DQ West Grill & Chill, said the business has been without water since Monday when officials shut off the supply to fix a smaller valve break.
Nicolini said the main line break occurred after the smaller valve break was repaired.
Brinkley said she has been working with a scaled-down staff at the restaurant and making do without running water.
The restaurant was unable to serve its soft serve ice cream and signature Blizzard treats because the ice cream unit is water cooled. Frozen novelties have been available. Employees have been pouring pop from cans and bottles to accommodate customers.
“It did affect our business. We stayed open with a minimal staff because we didn’t want people to drive here and be disappointed,” Brinkley said.
The 48-hour boil advisory is expected to be lifted Friday pending the results of water quality tests. Affected water customers will be notified.