Officials say water will be shut off until the leak is repaired. It is unclear when the repairs will be completed.
To accomplish their goal, the water pressure had to be reduced to the point where a boil water notice must be issued. Officials say periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential bacteria in the water system.
Therefore, the city is advising that until tests confirm there is no bacteria, consumers need to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, and making ice) or use bottled water.
Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.
The advisory is expected to remain in effect until test results confirm the absence of bacteria. Officials say test results normally take several days.