The city of Hailey has issued a "boil-water advisory" after a water main broke Wednesday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. on Woodside Boulevard, near Snowbank Drive.
The advisory is in effect until further notice, but could be lifted by Saturday.
The city stated: "Hailey’s water system is sectioned into pressure zones. The water-main break occurred in the pressure zone which includes all of Woodside subdivision south of Winterhaven Drive. A significant drop in water pressure occurred with the break, putting that part of the Hailey water system at risk for contaminants to enter the system through backflow, back-pressure or back-siphonage."
The city, in conjunction with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, is advising residents of South Woodside to take precautions with drinking water over the next 48 to 72 hours, until water-test results are completed.
The city is in the process of repairing the water-main break, officials stated. Water service has been restored to some but not all of the affected area, officials stated.
"Water service will likely be restored within a few hours. The city will take several water-test samples and deliver them to the lab for testing," the city stated. "At least two clean tests from samples taken 24 hours apart must be received by the city before the boil-water advisory is lifted."
A boil-water advisory alerts consumers that a portion of the drinking water system has been exposed and possibly contaminated, and may be harmful to drink. Consumers should use bottled water or boiled water for drinking and household use until further notice, the city stated.
"Boiling water for one minute will remove any risk of drinking the water," the city stated. "The flat taste of boiled water can be improved by pouring it back and forth from one container to another (aeration), by allowing it to stand for a few hours, or by adding a small pinch of salt for each quart of water boiled."