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Boil Water Notice In Effect After Pressure Restored To One-Third Of Danbury

The water main break that caused a boil water notice in Danbury. Photo Credit: Mayor Mark Boughton/Twitter
The parts that had to be handmade and flown in. Photo Credit: Mayor Mark Boughton/Twitter

A boil water notice is in effect for all Danbury water customers until further notice following a large water main break that left one-third of the city without water, according to city officials.

The problem began Monday and grew in scope early Tuesday when a 16-inch water line broke underneath Tamarack Avenue and Hayestown avenues broke.

Special parts had to be handmade in Buffalo to make the repair to the pipe that was causing problems with pressure and for some, no water from Danbury Hospital to local schools which were closed due to brown water.

The city's Public Works Director flew to Buffalo to pick up the part, which was delivered on Tuesday.

The boil water notice will remain in effect until health officials test the water and make sure it is safe to drink. Showering is fine. Use bottled water for brushing your teeth. The requirement on boiling water should be lifted by Thursday, Mayor Mark Boughton said.

According to the state Department of Health, you can safely boil your water by bringing it to a rolling boil for one minute. A rolling boil means that there are very large bubbles in the water, making the water move very quickly. Make sure the water does not have any floating pieces in it before you boil it. To make the boiled water taste better, pour the water back and forth between two clean containers a few times.

The department also said that during a boil water notice residents should boil water or use bottled water when cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing your teeth, or making baby formula.  Boiled water should also be used to wash your hands when cooking.

Adults and older children do not need to use boiled water to shower or bathe, but you should try not to swallow any water or get any water into your mouth.

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