UPDATED: Water main break; hundreds of residents asked to use drinking water sparingly

Repair crews are at the scene of a feed line rupture near Confluence Park which caused a disruption in the culinary water supply affecting homes and businesses in Hurricane and parts of LaVerkin, Hurricane, Utah, April 13, 2020 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A reverse 911 alert was issued Monday after the Hurricane City Water Department reported a rupture in the main feed line near Confluence Park in LaVerkin.

Update April 14 at 8:40 a.m. – Hurricane Police Officer Ken Thompson told St. George News the repairs to the ruptured main feed line have been completed, and water flow to the system and the tanks has been restored.

Even so, Thompson said, it takes time for the tanks to fill, and authorities are asking residents in the affected areas to continue to use drinking water sparingly and to refrain from using the indoor water sources for outdoor watering for the next 24 hours – the approximate time it takes for the tanks to fill.

The use of irrigation remains unrestricted at this time, Thompson said.

Monday’s water main break affected hundreds of homes and businesses in Hurricane and on the outskirts of LaVerkin, prompting officials to ask residents to refrain from using culinary water for outdoor watering until repairs were completed.

The break was reported early Monday morning when the main feed line ruptured near the park, Thompson said Monday. However, due to the severity of the rupture, it was originally estimate to take up to 24 hours to have water services fully restored.

Map depicting area affected by a rupture in the main water line reported early Monday morning, Hurricane, Utah, April 13, 2020 | Image courtesy of the Hurricane Police Department, St. George News

A wide area of disruption was reported, affecting homes and businesses located on the east side of Hurricane, including the subdivisions on the west side near the Walmart on state Route 9, and continues toward 3000 South near the Washington Fields area.

A map of the areas affected by the line rupture is included in this report.

Thompson also said that while residents are being asked to use culinary, or drinking water, sparingly and to refrain from using the indoor water source for outdoor watering, there are no restrictions on the use of irrigation water in place at this time.

St. George News reached out to engineers at the scene who said they are making the repairs and referenced the reverse 911 alert for further details.

Thompson also said they have received no reports of flooding in the area and repairs are underway.

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