TWIN FALLS • The boil order for southern Twin Falls has been lifted after crews worked through the night to repair a major water line break and water tests came back clean, city officials said.
The order for residents to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking or washing dishes was removed shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, nine homes and two businesses still don’t have water service.
The city provided hotel accommodations to the affected residents Monday night, city spokesman Josh Palmer said.
City crews are still working at the intersection of Washington Street South and Orchard Drive, which remains closed.
“We are still expecting it to be a couple of days before the intersection is fully opened,” Palmer said.
There’s still access to nearby businesses, such as the Oasis Stop ‘N Go, Swensen’s Markets and Family Dollar Store. Signs will direct motorists about how to get to these businesses.
City officials issued a boil order for homes and businesses south of Park Avenue to Orchard Drive, and west of Harrison Street South to Washington Street South.
A 24-inch pipe ruptured around 8 a.m. Monday near Washington Street South and Orchard Drive.
The intersection will remain closed for the rest of the week, Palmer said.
Residents throughout Twin Falls are asked to conserve water and turn off sprinkler systems until the line is repaired.
It’s not a critical situation, but city officials want to get ahead of demand, Palmer said. “We’re not able to keep up the supply as much as we should.”
There was no indication water was contaminated, but the boil water order was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in case water began siphoning back into the system due to decreased pressure.
Tests confirmed the water was safe early Tuesday so the boil order was lifted, Palmer said.
On Tuesday, nine homes and two businesses still did not have any water service.
Residents in the immediate area were provided hotel rooms Monday night to ensure they had access to safe water and were removed from the noise of crews making repairs through the night.
The city temporarily shut down the Castlewood Pressurized Irrigation Station, the largest station that utilizes potable water. It serves residential neighborhoods at Rock Creek Estates and in the area of Caswell Avenue West and Grandview Drive North.
Broken Water Pipe, Delays
The broken water pipe, which is only two years old, is part of a system that supplies one of the city’s main water mixing stations.
On Monday, Washington Street South was closed in both directions between Orchard and Clinton drives.
Police and city crews directed traffic, and some school bus routes were delayed by up to 30 minutes.
Students at Canyon Ridge High, Robert Stuart Middle School and Oregon Trail Elementary arrived about 10 minutes late to class, Twin Falls School District spokeswoman Eva Craner said. No schools were affected by the boil order.
City crews were using equipment Monday to remove a section of asphalt and expose the water line to determine the cause of the break.
Orchard Drive was just renovated this summer and reopened about two weeks ago.
Orange cones lined both sides of the street where the road is buckling along the edges.
The Oasis Stop ’N Go at the corner of Washington Street South and Orchard Drive was closed as crews worked to repair the water line.
“It’s gonna hurt,” store manager Jessica Lewis said Monday morning as she stood outside watching.
Typically, the gas station sees 150 to 200 customers during the morning hours, Lewis said. “If this is going to go on all day, you’re looking at 500 to 600 (customers).”
Crews removed mud and gravel from the Oasis parking lot using shovels and heavy equipment.
At Ready Reserve Foods, the broken water line didn’t make much of a difference, said chief financial officer Kelley Blanton.
“We’re willing to roll with the punches,” Blanton said.
The company, which sells emergency supplies, already filters city water through a purification system, Blanton said.
“The biggest concern, in my opinion right now, is that our street is blocked off,” he said, which affects customers.
Airport Road Freewill Baptist Church, which was affected by the road closure, didn’t have any activities planned Monday morning, Pastor Jim O’Donnell said.
And he doesn’t think the building sustained any damage.
“It happens and you just kind of go with it. We appreciate the city crews for being so on top of it.”