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The Aug. 20 flooding in downtown Moab caused temporary water outages in several areas of the city. Service was restored within one to two days to most affected customers, however, City crews are still working to repair a broken water line on 100 West and 100 South. Work to restore water service in the area has been lengthy due to the damage caused to the water main line by the Aug. 20 flood.
While repairing that water line the City discovered there is potential contamination caused by damage from the flood waters. Over the next few days, City crews will test and treat the water in the affected service line multiple times to ensure it is no longer contaminated.
The City expects to restore water service in the affected areas by Wednesday or Thursday this week. However, when service is restored, the water will not be safe to drink for several days while final testing is completed. A boil order has been issued to those customers. They were notified on Monday, Aug. 22. City officials and Southeast Utah Health Department staff visited each property in person to provide information about the boil order.
Residents and businesses on West Center Street west of 100 West, the south end of 100 West, and three Main Street businesses are the only customers who were still without water as of Aug. 23. No other City of Moab water customers are affected.
During the service outage and the boil order, the City of Moab is providing cases of water and a water truck for filling larger containers with drinkable water. Affected customers can pick up this free water at the City parking lot located at Center and 100 West from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
During the boil order, tap water must be boiled before drinking or use in food preparation. The water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least three minutes before drinking or using in food preparation. The state requires that during the boil order you must run your taps for 10-15 minutes each time you run water that you will be boiling and using for drinking or cooking.
The water is safe to use for showering, laundry, and other non-consumption purposes. The City urges residents and businesses in the impacted area to comply with the boil order for their own health and safety.
Those affected by the boil order will be notified when the order is lifted.
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