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Water main break closes Gervais St.

COLUMBIA (WIS) - A water main break is still causing some traffic tie-ups in downtown Columbia. 

Westbound Gervais street is closed at Assembly street while crews repair the 8" pipe break.  Traffic is being re-routed onto Assembly.

Monday morning, water could be seen bubbling up from below the street surface near the Mellow Mushroom.

A boil water notice is in effect for areas of the Vista.

The City of Columbia Water Works advises the water customers of 1000 Block of Gervais Street between Park Street and Assembly Street to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.  Also, any residents near the affected area who have lost water and/or water pressure are also advised to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.  Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.

The City of Columbia has experienced an 8" water main break.  This could possibly result in bacterial contamination of the water in the 1000 Block of Gervais Street between Park Street and Assembly St.  The City of Columbia Water Works is presently working to correct the problem.

All food processors and restaurants should comply with prescribed USDA and SC DHEC recommendations, respectively.  Should you have any questions pertaining to the boil water advisory, you can call the Lexington/Rich land County Environmental Health Office at 576-2910 or the South Carolina Hospitality Association at 765-9000. 

The City of Columbia Water Works, 733-8336 or 781-2181, will also answer other inquiries concerning the advisory.

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