Line break leaves plaza without water

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 28, 2003

A waterline break at the Ironton Hills Shopping Center Saturday left tenants of the plaza and nearby residents without running water.

According to John Schwab, Ironton water treatment plant supervisor, a waterline broke around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, causing water pressure in a main line to drop. The city had to shut off the main valve until the line could be repaired. Crews were still working on the line as of press time.

Schwab said the city has issued a boil advisory for Ironton Hills, Storms Creek Apartments and Yellow Branch, Deep Cut and Orchard Hollow roads.

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"Until further notice, (people in the affected area) are encouraged to vigilantly boil any water for drinking, making ice, cooking or oral hygiene for at least one minute," Schwab said.

Schwab said the boil advisory will remain in effect not only until the line gets repaired, but also until the water is tested for bacteria. He said he is not sure how long that will be, but figured it would be "at least a couple of days."

In addition to the lost water supply, the break caused minor flooding on the drive that runs along the front of the plaza near the McDonald's and Taco Bell restaurants.