Boil advisory issued for Daviess County due to water main leak

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Due to a major water main break at the old OMU water plant, a state of emergency has been declared for all of Daviess County, in order to receive any state and federal assistance.

This water main break is also affecting parts of Hancock and Ohio counties.

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A boil advisory has been issued for a large portion of Daviess County due to a water main leak Monday morning.

According to Owensboro Municipal Utilities, a boil notice has been issued for OMU, the Southeast, West and East water district customers until further notice.

OMU is asking that everyone bring their water to a rolling boil for three minutes before consumption.

OMU says the boil precaution is only for consuming. The water is safe for bathing. 

Several people in Owensboro are reporting they don’t have any water Monday morning. According to OMU, most customers don’t have water.

The Owensboro Police Department said a water main on East 4th Street began to leak Monday morning. OMU says the leak is in front of the water plant on 4th Street.

OMU is asking customers to prepare for an extended water outage as crews work to excavate the broken main.

Authorities are asking for everyone to avoid the area while OMU crews work to stop the leak.

The area between Birkhead Avenue and Leitchfield Road on East 4th Street has been blocked off. That same section has been blocked off on East 2nd Street as well.

Owensboro-Daviess County dispatch says Wing Avenue is also being affected.

In November, a leak in the same area caused a boil advisory and schools to shut down.

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(This story was originally published on July 9, 2018)

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