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NEW INFORMATION: Boil water advisory lifted in Thorp


THORP, Wis. (CITY OF THORP NEWS RELEASE) -- The city administrator of Thorp said Saturday the city's water emergency is over.

"The second round of water samples came back clean from the lab this morning and the DNR has given approval to lift the boil water order," said city administrator Randy Reeg.

On Monday, a major leak in the Thorp's water system led to a water emergency.

The Thorp Water Utility is asking customers to continue to use water conservatively through the weekend, but it can be used straight from the tap.

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On Tuesday afternoon, repair of the last remaining know break on N. Boardman was postponed because its exact location was difficult to pinpoint, and because the rate of water loss was extremely minor. Overnight, the water tower continued to fill and we hoped system integrity was nearing normal. However, at approximately 11am this morning, the level in the water tower began to drop quickly once again. By running our system of wells to near full capacity, we’ve been able to begin raising the level in the water tower again, but there appears to be significant active water loss occurring.

Fearing another break draining directly into the sanitary sewer system, crews have been investigating and analyzing the situation all afternoon. Despite our pleas to citizens to use the water as minimally as possible, we fear there is nearly normal daily consumer usage occurring, making the inspection of sanitary sewers ineffective in isolating a possible leak. Accordingly, crews will be returning to work overnight, when normal customer water demand and usage is at its lowest, in order to inspect sanitary sewers and attempt to isolate the potential problem.

Because the water system is back under pressure, we have been able to begin increasing chlorination levels and commence the system-wide sanitation. Customers may notice a slight odor of chlorine in the water over the next several days. Customers should still use bottled water or boil water for consumption, cooking, etc. We expect that requirement may be in place through the weekend and into Monday (3-3-14) until after we get the required safe water samples. Emergency supplies of bottled water are still being distributed at City Hall, with extended hours this evening until at least 6pm.


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