120 in Brownstown affected by boil water advisory

Jackson County Water Utility has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for its customers in Brownstown south of U.S. 50 because of an outage that occurred Sunday morning.

Affected customers include those along South Main Street, South Poplar Street, Stephanie Drive, Steinkamp Street, Cummings Street and Kimberly Drive.

About 120 water customers were affected.

Utility manager Darrell Baker said water service has been restored, but customers are advised to boil all water vigorously for at least five minutes and allow time to cool before drinking or using for cooking.

“Boiling prior to use for other purposes is not necessary so long as the water is not consumed,” he said.

The advisory will be in effect until utility officials can confirm through testing that bacteria is not present. Testing should be completed within three days, Baker said.

“A second sample was taken Monday morning, and we hope to have results back Christmas Day,” Baker said Monday.

“At that time, customers will be advised if the boil order is to remain in effect or if further action is necessary in response to the test results,” he added.

The break occurred on South Main Street in Brownstown. There was no digging in the area, and the temperature had not been cold enough to cause such a problem, Baker said.

“It’s one of those things that just happens,” he added. “Sometimes the older pipes in town just happen to break.”

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