A busted 24-inch water main is creating not only a traffic headache but also a need for a large number of water customers in North Columbia to boil their tap water before drinking it.
The water main break has affected traffic at the intersection of Colonial Drive, Holmes Avenue and Clarendon Street near Columbia College, the City of Columbia Water Works said in a pair of news releases Thursday evening.
Water customers in the densely populated area of Colonial Drive from North Main to Farrow Road and from Muller Avenue to Craven Street are urged to vigorously boil their water for a full 60 seconds before drinking it using it in food preparation or for making ice. Customers should continue to follow these directions until told otherwise by city water officials.
Repairs to the broken water main are underway, water officials said. There was no indication how long those repairs would take and whether traffic during Friday morning rush hour would be affected.
Check back later for updates.