A waterline break in a construction area on Jefferson Avenue will force Moundsville residents to boil their water for up to 48 hours.
According to Moundsville City Manager Allen Hendershot, the break was reported at 1 a.m. Tuesday on the corner of Third Street and Jefferson Avenue. He said the break was discovered early Tuesday morning and took crews most of the day Tuesday to fix.
The line was the main line through that part of the city, though Hendershot said no major outages were reported. Full service was returned to city residents by 9 p.m. Tuesday, though by that time 1.5 million gallons of water had been lost due to hydrants having to be opened and flushed to relieve pressure in the break area.
Hendershot said though water has been restored to customers and a chemical analysis was being completed Wednesday afternoon, the results of that analysis would not be available until today. Because of that, Moundsville residents are asked to boil their water for at least 48 hours.
"Once you do a chemical analysis to make sure the water is safe, there has to be a boil order for at least 24 hours," he said.
The cause of the break is not yet known, though Hendershot said it did happen in an area where a sewer separation project has been ongoing. He said he, along with members of the Moundsville Water Department, will meet with the engineers of that project to determine the cause.
"We can't jump to conclusions," he said. "We want to take steps to prevent a situation like this from happening again."