LANCASTER - A boil water advisory was issued Wednesday in Lancaster and will continue until further notice, according to Millard Rose, utility manager at the water department.
A main line broke somewhere around Buckeye Street and was repaired by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"We got a report sometime yesterday morning that there was water coming down into the ditch on Buckeye. When we checked it out we discovered a main line was broken. We aren't sure at this time why," Rose says.
Rose says the advisory is for cooking and consumption, and that customers in the area should simply bring the water to a boil.
"This will affect those within the city limits and about a mile outside of them," Rose said.
Rose says that when pressure is lost to a certain point, the law requires a boil advisory.
"Since the main line was open, mud or dirt and other germs can get into the pipes. Also, when we turn it back on, the pressure has a tendency to push all the lime out of the pipes that had formed a lining," Rose said, explaining that these substances could be harmful if digested.