PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some northeast Pierre residents are being asked to boil drinking and cooking water today, after a water main was damaged last night near Garfield Avenue and Airport Road. Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says about 150 residents living along Fourth Street near Garfield Avenue were without water for more than four hours last night after a contractor doing work near the Feeding South Dakota building damaged the piping. Customers north of Fourth Street in Highlands Ridge and south of Fourth in Vista Loop and Abbey Road South were impacted by the outage. The break was repaired and water was flushed through open fire hydrants. Customers that were without water were being asked last night to run water to get rid of any air that was trapped in the piping and rid the lines of discolored water. Patton also advised that drinking and cooking water should be boiled through much of the day today, until the bacteria test results come back from the lab. Patton says its standard procedure after repairs are made to water mains to recommend that water be boiled or that bottled water be used until test results confirm that the water is okay.
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