A boil water advisory put into place in Wolcottville after a fire fight drained the town’s water supply has been lifted.
A large fire in downtown Wolcottville destroyed supply store MC Surplus at 106 N. Main St. on Saturday. While battling the blaze, firefighters drained the town’s water tower.
The town normally pumps 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of water a day. On the day of the fire, it pumped over 220,000 gallons.
Days later, a boil water advisory was issued as a safety precaution.
“It didn’t necessarily ran out of water,” Utilities Superintendent Darin Garrett said. “Just the pressure dropped so low that it seems that way. There was water in the lines, there just wasn’t enough to keep it moving so they could keep fighting the fire.”
Garrett said when the pressure in the water system gets that low, the town issues a boil water notice as a precaution. His team is sending two water samples to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management so they can give the all clear.
“We’re hoping Wednesday, sometime Wednesday afternoon is when we are hoping to get our final samples,” Garrett said.
That rang true. On Wednesday, the town lifted the boil water advisory.
During the advisory, residents had to boil water for 3 to 5 minutes before they drank it. For Twin Six Restaurant, the advisory meant a small loss of business. They closed Saturday night after the fire and all day Sunday. One of the owners said the hardest part was having to charge customers for water.
“We’re anxious just like everybody else is,” Garrett said at the time. “We want to know everything is good to go, we know it is, we just got to play the waiting game.”