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Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Lifts Water Conservation Notice

From the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU):

The EWSU has lifted the request for water conservation and thanks the community’s residents and businesses for their actions to use less water over the past few days. Water quality was never compromised as the Utility addressed various impacts to the system as a result of cold weather-related events over the past week. Reservoir levels at Evansville’s water treatment plant have returned to normal; however, water main breaks are likely to continue through the winter.

EWSU has responded to a record number of water main breaks – 99 already this year and 79 since the Jan. 9 conservation notice – in Evansville’s 600 miles of pipes. Nearly 50 EWSU employees, plus several contractors, have worked 1,200 hours addressing the water main breaks since extremely low temperatures hit Evansville a week ago. Since Thursday, EWSU has been tracking and reporting active water main breaks on its website. As of January 13, there are 41 active water main breaks.

“Thank you to the many Evansville Water and Sewer Utility professionals who have been taking quick action and working day and night – and in challenging weather conditions – to repair numerous water main breaks throughout our City,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “As a result of those repairs, combined with vigilance over water quality at the treatment plant and conservation efforts by our community members, the City’s water quality was never impacted and we were able to avoid a citywide boil advisory.”

Although all EWSU filtration pumps are operating in good condition and the Utility’s tanks and wells are in good supply, EWSU Executive Director, Allen Mounts, said the Utility is still addressing water main breaks, which are likely to continue throughout the winter, and has issued boil advisories to a few areas. “Cold snaps put additional pressure on our water system,” Mounts said.

“We expect water main breaks to happen on a random basis throughout the city, more frequently in the winter months.”

Water main breaks can lead to water outages and a reduction or loss of water pressure, which can lead to the need for a boil advisory. Normally, a boil advisory lasts for at least 48 hours. Call the Utility’s dispatch department at (812) 421-2130 if you see a water main break.

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