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Water main break prompts boil water advisory

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

A boil water advisory has been issued by Somerset Water Service system which includes: Somerset Water Service, Southeastern Water, Western Pulaski Water, Science Hill Water and Eubank Water.

This is because of a water main break. Until further notice, those affected are asked to boil all water used for drinking and cooking.

We want to introduce you to some affected by the boil advisory and show you how they've had to adapt, in the midst of a busy lunch rush.

"Lots of extra sanitizing."

That's one of many steps Heather Estep's restaurant, The Old Town Deli, has taken today to cater to the busy Friday lunch crowd.

"Everything from washing dishes to boiling potatoes has changed for us today," said Estep.

All because a drill went through an important pipe at the Somerset Water Service Treatment Plant Thursday night.

"It was built, maybe a few feet over in real life than it was on the map originally years ago," said Charles Dick with Somerset Water.

It's on the future site of one of their water treatment facilities.

"A cast iron water line was nothing for it, the operator probably didn't even know he did it," said Dick.

So the boil water advisory was put into effect immediately.

"Most people are just laughing it off and just going on," said Estep.

Even though they've had to do without today...

"We don't have tea, we don't have a Pepsi machine, we do not have ice. We do not have coffee," added Estep.

...they're still keeping their spirits high and doing what they do best.

Somerset Water hopes to have the advisory lifted by the end of Saturday.

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