NEW: Boil-water order lifted for two Wellington neighborhoods

9:51 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 Local
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wellington Public Works crews work to repair a water main break near the Mall at Wellington Green on Monday, Nov. 20, in Wellington. (Kristina Webb/The Palm Beach Post)

It’s a happy Thanksgiving for residents of two Wellington neighborhoods, after a boil-water order was lifted this morning following a water main break earlier this week.

The Wellington’s Edge and Polo Lakes communities have been under the order since Monday afternoon, when Wellington Public Works crews first found the water main break along westbound Forest Hill Boulevard near the Mall at Wellington Green.

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The main in question was built about 20 years ago, and vibrations from the road over time caused the pipe to rub against a rock that “wasn’t properly removed in the initial construction,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said Tuesday.

The break was found Monday after crews noticed a drop in water pressure and saw that the road was sinking a little, Schofield said. They had to dig deep to reach the main, with water bubbling up and onto Forest Hill just east of its intersection with Olive Drive. “Once we got it valved off and dried, then it was a relatively easy fix,” he said.

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