Wellington water main break repaired, boil-water order still in effect

5:01 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 Local
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)

A water main that burst Monday afternoon near the Mall at Wellington Green has been repaired, but two neighborhoods remain under a boil-water order.

Two westbound lanes of Forest Hill Boulevard were closed through Tuesday morning as Wellington Public Works crews worked through the night to repair the pipe and then repave the road, said Village Manager Paul Schofield. The westbound lanes of Forest Hill Boulevard were fully reopened Tuesday afternoon.

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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,” Schofield said.

Crews discovered the issue about 1 p.m. Monday after noticing a drop in water pressure and 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.

Two neighborhoods were affected and remain under a boil-water order: Wellington’s Edge and Polo Lakes.

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Both developments were without water for a short time Monday, but service was restored about 6 p.m. after the village was able to reroute water from another main, Schofield said.

It could be another 24 hours or more before the boil-water order is lifted. Village crews need to see two consecutive days of satisfactory bacteriological samples before the all-clear is given. Once that happens, it will be posted on the village’s website, www.wellingtonfl.gov, and residents in the affected areas who have signed up for Wellington’s Code Red alerts will receive a phone call.

Schofield said in the meantime, it’s fine to use the water to shower, wash dishes and do your laundry — just don’t drink it unless you boil it first.

Wellington provides these steps to take while the boil water notice is in effect: