Wednesday, June 02, 2004


Boil-water alert ordered for 118,000 users

BOCA RATON, FL — The city's 118,000 water customers are being asked to boil their drinking water until May 29, following a burst water main at the city's water treatment plant, the Palm Beach Post reported.

A 48-inch artery exploded May 26, just hours after it had been welded together. Workmen repaired the burst pipe the next day, but the boil water alert remains in effect.

The chance of contamination is very slim, utility services director Michael Woika said in the article, but water pressure in some water lines dropped so low that impurities could have seeped in through fissures in the underground pipes.

Boca Raton provides water for its own 80,000 residents as well as for western county residents living out to the Florida's Turnpike. This is Boca Raton's second citywide boil water alert in as many years, the article stated.

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