A water main break was reported Dec. 9 at Sowder Square and Allendale Drive. The City of Bloomington issued a boil water advisory and shut off the water for 18 properties in the area.
The advisory will last until 10 a.m. Dec. 11, according to a City of Bloomington press release.
A boil water advisory is issued when there is a risk that the tap water could have dangerous germs in it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If your home falls under a boil water advisory, the CDC suggests people should boil their tap water or use bottled water instead.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires city governments to issue a boil water advisory when water pressure falls below 20 pounds per square inch.
Once the water has been restored, people should run cold water from a sink or tub to make sure that the water is clear. All water used for drinking, cooking and oral hygiene should be boiled for five minutes or more, according to a City of Bloomington press release.
A list of the properties affected can be found on the City of Bloomington Utilities website.