Late Friday afternoon, a 12 inch water line was breached at William and Lorimier streets in Cape Girardeau.
According to the City of Cape, the break was immediately isolated and water service was restored. Some properties experienced very low or no water pressure on Fri. Apr. 9.
Out of “an abundance of caution until the water can be tested”, a Boil Water Advisory, was issued for approximately 14,000 customers. The advisory is in effect until Sun. Apr. 11, at 5 p.m. unless otherwise notified. The announcement was made on the City of Cape Girardeau’s website.
The Boil Water Order also included a significant number of buildings on the main campus of Southeast Missouri State University, The River Campus, and off-campus housing areas where many Southeast students and employees reside.
Affected residents and businesses should boil water from 3 to 5 minutes, and cool water before using. Only bottled water or water that has been boiled for the recommended time, should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits or vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth.
It is safe to shower or bathe in the water. The primary concern is that the water not be consumed.
When the order is lifted, it is recommended to flush the buildings water lines and clean the faucets screens. Also, purge water-using fixtures and appliances of standing water or ice. This includes changing refrigerator water filters.
The Department of Natural Resources regulations require cities to issue boil water notifications when the pressure drops below 20 psi, which can happen when a water pipe is breached.