Boil-water advisory issued for Soap Lake

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SOAP LAKE — A boil-water advisory has been issued for people using the Soap Lake water system following an accident that caused multiple breaks in the city’s existing water lines.

The boil-water advisory will remain in effect until the water can be tested for contaminants.

Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox said the breaks occurred when construction crews attempted to connect a newly rebuilt section of water lines with the existing system.

Crews discovered a faulty valve, which meant pressure on the existing line was temporarily reduced while it was fixed. When the line was tied into the new system the city well was operating, Cox said.

“These are eight-inch pipes, so there’s a lot of pressure,” Cox said. The existing main line ruptured, he said, and as it was shut off, there was a second rupture; as that was shut off, the line suffered a third break. There was a break in an auxiliary line as well.

Even though the breaks were confined to one part of the system, the possibility of contamination affected the entire city, Cox said.

— Staff report

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