NEW INFORMATION: Hydrant hit, water system failure led to boil advisory in Lake Hallie

By: Nikki Junewicz and Andrew Fefer Email
By: Nikki Junewicz and Andrew Fefer Email
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- We're learning new details about what led to the boil water advisory that remains in effect in Lake Hallie.

Lake Hallie Village President John Neihart says something hit a fire hydrant at the corner of Melby St. and Commercial Blvd. The impact ended up breaking the valve at the bottom of the hydrant. That allowed the water to flow, and drained the tower. Neihart is not sure what hit the hydrant. He also says a system that controls the water level in the water tower failed around noon Monday. That system also controls area wells. No water went into the tower for eight hours.

The village had water pressure back by about 11 p.m. Monday. Crews took water samples Tuesday morning. They'll send in those samples for testing. The boil advisory is expected to go at least through Thursday.
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Village of Lake Hallie is issuing a water boil advisory effective immediately.

Village of Lake Hallie Clerk LeAnne Addy, says people living in Lake Hallie should not use any water unless it is boiled first.

Water that is boiled, must be brought to a boil and left at a one minute rolling boil before it is used.

Residents should discard anything made with water from Monday, March 17, 2014 to the present.

The city will be re-pressurizing and analyzing for bacteria. In the meantime, residents should boil any water used until further notice.
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) --Lake Hallie crews are still working to fix a water pressure problem impacting the entire village.

They ask residents to stop using water entirely, unless it is an emergency. The village says the water tower is entirely empty.

Crews are still trying to figure out whether a water main break or a system failure within the tower is to blame. They previously reported it was a water tower freeze up but no longer believe that's the case.

There is no word on when water will be restored.
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) --People living in Lake Hallie have been reporting no water or very low pressure.

Crews are trying to isolate the problem. They think it is either a water main break or a freeze up at the tower itself.

Village President John Neihart says he believes everyone in the village is impacted, either with no water or little pressure.

We have a crew in Lake Hallie, and will bring you the very latest on what's going on tonight on WEAU 13 News at 10.


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