Boil Water Order lifted in some parts of Lewiston

LEWISTON, Idaho — The Boil Water Order has been lifted for portions of the Lewiston community after a reservoir rupture.

The city released the following map, which shows the areas where water is now safe to drink.

Boil Water

The Boil Water Alert Order was issued Wednesday morning after a high reservoir rupture, which resulted in localized flooding.

The Lewiston City Council also declared an emergency, and authorized city personnel to spend up to $200,000 on materials and services needed to repair or replace water system infrastructure.

Crews in Lewiston are investigating what caused the rupture to one of the city’s seven reservoirs.

Specialized engineering experts on scene say the rupture was likely an isolated event that was not related to any improvements to the city’s water system.

“Nothing was identified in previous planning documents or inspection reports that indicated a cause for concern at this facility,” City of Lewiston Public Works Director Dustin Johnson said. “It is important to identify the root cause of the incident in order to move forward, and staff have been working diligently to do so.”

City staff are also working with property owners who experienced damage from the rupture, and the Boil Water Alert Order remains in effect.

“Our primary focus right now is to get the boil water order lifted,” Johnson said. “We are working with our engineers and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to achieve this in a safe manner for all of our customers, as life and safety remains our top priority.”

A water filling station has been established at the Lewiston Community Center, located at 1424 Main Street. It is open until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Residents are asked to bring their own water containers.

If you have property damage due to the water released from the reservoir, please call 208-984-7096.

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