Shorewood under boil water order
Shorewood under boil water order.
Shorewood residents were advised Tuesday to boil water or buy bottled water for drinking for at least the next two days.
Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick said there was a 55% drop in pressure in village water distribution pipes Tuesday morning after a Milwaukee Water Works crew closed valves to a main supplying water to the village.
The crew was doing maintenance work on a city water main along E. Locust St., between N. Farwell and N. Downer avenues, Milwaukee Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban said Tuesday.
"Residents on the east side of Milwaukee may have also experienced a drop in water pressure that was not severe enough to trigger a boil-water advisory," Korban said.
Operating pressure in Shorewood returned to normal at 11 a.m. but state regulations require the village to collect and test two samples of water for bacteria before it can be declared safe for drinking, according to Butschlick.
Before the first sample can be collected later today, the village must flush its distribution system by turning on street hydrants and ensuring there is fresh water in the pipes, Butschlick said.
Residents can use municipal water for showering and bathing, washing dishes and clothes, or flushing toilets but not for drinking at this time.
Water should be boiled for one minute before it is used for drinking, preparing food and beverages, washing fruits and vegetables, and brushing teeth.