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What happens when a water main break occurs?

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Main breaks can cause a loss of water pressure or even temporary loss of service as the main is shut down to isolate the emergency.

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Most interruptions to water service are fixed within six to eight hours. In some cases, such as water main breaks that occur in the middle of the night, water is usually restored by the following day.
While the potential for contamination of the drinking water is unlikely as a result of a water main break, often customers affected by a water main break will be placed under a precautionary boil advisory.