Hillsdale Water Main Break Causes Boil Advisory

by Josh Colletta

A water main break in Hillsdale has caused a boil water advisory to be put in place for Fayette Street on the city’s west side.

Fayette was closed to all traffic between the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office and Barr Street on Monday evening as crews worked to get the break under control.  Residents and business connected to that main have been without running water since that time.

The street remains closed to thru traffic from the Sheriff’s Office on the east end to Barr Street on the west.  Residents are still able to access the street around the barricades, but are urged to use caution near the site of the break.

The break caused the main to depressurize, requiring a boil water advisory to be issued.

The city first posted notice of the advisory on their Facebook page at 8:30 Tuesday morning, and Board of Public Utilities crews left printed notices on the doors of affected homes and businesses some time in the 9 o’clock hour.

According to the printed notice, the advisory affects addresses between 114 and 417 on Fayette Street, Walgreens, Market House, buildings 4, 5, and 6 at Cherry Tree Apartments, and 205 Barr Street.

Two consecutive 24-hour tests must come back clear before the advisory can be lifted, meaning the need to boil water for consumption will last at least 48 hours.  Any water used for cooking or drinking should be boiled for at least 15 minutes.  Water for bathing and washing clothes, however, will be safe.

We talked to employees at Biggby Coffee in the Market House, and they tell HTV1 News that they were left unaware of what the problem was last night.  They only learned upon getting to work this morning that there was a boil water advisory in effect.

They’re using bottled water for their brewed coffees, as well as ice and cold-brew coffee that was made yesterday before the water main break occurred.  Their espresso machine, however, requires a certain amount of water pressure, so it is currently out of commission.