water main break

Crews work to repair a broken water main in Rainier on Sunday, August 18.

City residents of Rainier can now safely drink their water after a 48-hour water boil advisory was lifted at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20.

City residents in Rainier lost all water access when a contractor working on the A Street project accidentally broke a water main at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 18 according to a notice sent out by the city.

The same notice said the break caused a six-hour outage, and water was restored later in the day on Sunday.

However, city residents were still advised to boil their water before drinking or washing fruits and vegetables until 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Sue Lawrence, Public Works Director for the City of Rainier said shutting off the water was necessary in order to maintain the water level at the city’s reservoirs while the water main was being fixed.

The boil advisory is a standard procedure whenever water is shut off, Lawrence explained.

“Any time you depressurize your system, you’re required to do a boil notice until you have a negative sample back,” Lawrence said, meaning the water shows no harmful substances.

Lawrence said the water main has been fixed and water was restored by around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday to all but a few houses that are located at a higher elevation.

“Pretty much 99 percent of the people are back on,” Lawrence said.

The boil advisory included a warning that residents may see rust in their tap water, as well as lower pressure.

“Running water for a few minutes should flush water lines,” the notice stated.

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