Ellsworth under boil order, dealing with another water break

ELLSWORTH - The victim of yet another water  main break this winter, the City of Ellsworth is under an alert to boil any water used for drinking or any kind of ingestion.

According to Ellsworth Mayor Tasha Domeyer, the water will not be drinkable until at least sometime tomorrow, but there is water available for pick up at the fire hall from 3 to 7 p.m. After 5:30 p.m. today, the Ellsworth Fire Department will be making deliveries to those who cannot pick it up themselves. Those who need water delivered can call 967-2351.

Domeyer said they believe there was a leak in the tower, and when use slowed down during the evening on Monday night, there wasn't enough pressure to keep the lines from freezing.

A company was hired to thaw the tower so a locator could step in and find the leak. The Minnesota Department of Health has tested the water, but results won't be back until tomorrow. Only after tests come back satisfactorily will the boil order be lifted.

Ellsworth has been plagued with misfortune this winter, starting with a fire that burned down their city hall.  Just last week, a leak in the water system was found.

Domeyer said she doesn't believe the water issues were caused by the proximity of the tower to the building that burned. The fault, she stated, is in a very difficult winter.

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