Centerville to boil water after mains repaired

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CENTERVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Crews in the  Town of Centerville have finished repairing all eight water mains that broke on Tuesday.

The last of eight breaks was repaired around 12:45 a.m. Officials in the town say six of the eight water mains broke within a 3.5 hour period on Tuesday, leaving most of the town without water.

The Superintendent of Utilities, Terry Stover, said that’s the first time anything has happened like that. He said it was a little frightening to see the town’s water supply empty so fast.

Stover says the town’s water system rebounded a lot more quickly than expected. Residents are still being advised to boil water before consuming or using in preparing food.

Stover said they had to call in a number of outside contractors to help with the repairs. Their biggest concern was fire protection for the town.

The fire department had to line up a number of water tankers in the event of a fire. The fire department helped to supply water to the area nursing homes.

Stover said he was very proud of the small community coming together to get through the water crisis.

A water main break was also reported in Rushville on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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