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WL Parents Cope With Boil Order, Early Dismissal

Much of West Lafayette remains under a boil order Thursday evening after a water main break. That forced West Lafayette schools to release students early.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 4:54 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2021 4:34 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Much of West Lafayette remains under a boil order Thursday evening after a water main break.

That forced West Lafayette schools on Thursday to release students early.

"We're enjoying it," says West Lafayette parent Austin Boaz. "Boil order day."

Boaz and his wife, Sam Boaz, are making the best out of a boil order. But it's also caused inconveniences, like low water pressure and lots of bottled water.

"We have an electric tea pot, which has been helpful so we've had a lot of hot tea and stuff ... Getting the single used plastics and having to use that as opposed to filtering the water and using our reusable bottles has been a bummer for the environment," Sam Boaz says.

It started with a water main break at County Road 500 North and River Road. Construction crews are building a huge retaining wall there.

Mike Seals, engineering project manager with Indiana American Water, says they noticed a crack in the water main Thursday morning.

"We're not sure yet exactly what happened," Seals says. "Probably a lot of different factors."

Now they're replacing the damaged section with a metal sleeve. Repairs lasted well into Thursday evening, while the boil order lasts until about 9 a.m. Friday.

Indiana American Water says anyone living in the bounds of the boil advisory should boil their water for three minutes before drinking or cooking with it.

"Just got work, got the message and turned around and back we go," says Jeff Stein, one of many parents picking up kids early from West Lafayette Intermediate School.

He spent the day making impromptu plans. So what's on the agenda?

"That's a good question ... I don't know," Stein says. "We'll entertain at home and boil some water up and ride it out."

For the Boaz's, setting up a tent in the front yard was good enough.

"It worked out here for us," says Austin Boaz. "Got a little extra time with the kids today."

The boil order affects 9,600 people living in West Lafayette. Indiana American Water says many customers will also experience low water pressure.

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