West Lafayette water main break prompts boil advisory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana American Water’s West Lafayette District has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for approximately 2,500 customers after a 10-inch water main break near River Road and Robinson Street in West Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon (May 19).

The affected area is generally located south of Meridian Street, east of the railroad tracks running parallel and west of McCormick Road and to the north and west of the Wabash River. Purdue University buildings and facilities are not affected by the boil advisory since the University operates its own water system.

The main break significantly reduced pressure for customers in the affected area on Wednesday afternoon. Service to most customers in the area was restored within an hour after the break occurred. A few hundred customers in the Williamsburg Apartments and Wabash Manor Apartments on North River Road near where the break occurred were expected to be without water until early Wednesday evening while the main repair is underway.

Approximately one-fourth of the company’s West Lafayette customers are affected by the precautionary boil advisory. Customers in the affected area are advised to drink and cook with tap water only after boiling it for five minutes. Tap water can be used for washing/bathing.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) mandates precautionary boil advisories to ensure high-quality water in the event water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch (psi) in any part of a distribution system. According to company officials, boil advisories are issued as a precaution with a customer’s best interests in mind. It’s possible, but unlikely, bacteria could enter the water system when pressure in the line drops below 20 psi.

During the precautionary boil water advisory, the water company performs a series of tests to determine the water meets regulatory drinking water standards. Precautionary Boil orders usually last from 18 to 24 hours. Samples are taken from several sites within the affected area. Customers are requested to honor the boil advisory until further notice.

Indiana American Water serves approximately 10,400 customers, or a population of more than 40,000 in its West Lafayette service area.

Customers can call the Indiana American Water Customer Service Center at 1-800-492-8373 for the latest updates.

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