Water line break impacts downtown Minot

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A local contractor working for a private firm struck the line around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, forcing several downtown businesses to have either no water or brown water.

To make matters worse, the line break is close to some SRT equipment, which is stalling the fix.

The break in an 18-inch water line caused a ripple effect for many business owners downtown.

Candese Charles spoke with some of the merchants, one who even said she had to close early today.

During the lunch rush Charlie's Main Street Cafe is usually not this quiet.

But a change in the water has halted business for the day.

"It was around 10:30 11, right before our lunch rush and that's when our customers come in to get soup and our specials and it was so unfortunate to turn people away,” said Tiffany Craig , Owner Charlie's Main Street Cafe.

Around 10:30 am, a local contractor working for a private company reportedly struck this 18 inch water line on Central Ave.

"It was a big water main, an 18 inch water main is nothing to scoff at. It's a big major water artery. But, our water department is working diligently to try to restore water too for temporary sake,” said Derek Hackett, City of Minot Public Information.

Though it was short lived for many businesses, Charlie's wasn't the only downtown businesses that was shocked to find it had no water this morning.

"This morning we were just doing business as usual all of a sudden we have zero water not even a drop,” said Mary Helen Hasby, Cookies For You Owner.

But, though the water pressure returned for some clear water did not.

"The brown water is sort of an adverse effect from kind of a water stoppage, some sediment is settling in the pipes. You just need to run the water," said Hackett.

Though it's something that can happen, business owners say this is very unusual.

"This is the first time I see that for hear. Almost five years I've worked here and this is the first time I've seen it," said Nips Kruse, Little Blue Elephant employee.

The city says they are working to restore access, but it may take a day to fix, since the source of the break is near an SRT vault.

But until then many of these downtown businesses may have to resort to offering this to their customers.

The private contractor said that they will be on Central Avenue Wednesday morning fixing the water and that it should be up and running back to normal by noon.

The city added that those with murky water should run their water and it should return to clear water but that the water is safe to drink