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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom


Major Water Main Break near U of L

Monday July 11, 2011

As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Louisville Water Company website.  See all updates below from newest to oldest:


Updated July 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Shortly before 9:00 a.m. today, Louisville Water crews isolated the break on the 48-inch main.  Louisville Water is now in recovery.  Customers should see their water pressure improve as our system recovers and tanks throughout the area refill.

Because of the loss of pressure, LWC issued a boil water advisory.  The advisory remains in effect until lab results come back tonight.  Click here
for a map of the BWA area (PDF).

Information on the Boil Water Advisory is as follows:
Boundaries are the Ohio River to the north, Watterson Expressway to the south, 9th street to the west and Bardstown-Baxter Avenue to the east.

Customers in this area should bring all water used for cooking and drinking to a rolling boil for three minutes before consuming, discard ice in their ice dispensers. The advisory is precautionary and will be lifted once water quality tests confirm the water is safe to drink. Customers outside this boundary who had low pressure during the break should also boil their water.


Updated July 12 at 6:45 a.m.

  • University of Louisville's Belknap campus is closed today due to the water main break.
  • Humana's downtown offices are closed today.

Updated July 12, 2011 - 5:55 a.m.
Louisville Water has issued a boil water advisory in response to a loss in pressure from a 48-inch main break. Boundaries are the Ohio River to the north, Watterson Expressway to the south, 9th street to the west and Bardstown-Baxter Avenue to the east. Customers in this area should bring all water used for cooking and drinking to a rolling boil for three minutes before consuming, discard ice in their ice dispensers.
The advisory is precautionary and will be lifted once water quality tests confirm the water is safe to drink.Customers outside this boundary who had low pressure during the break should also boil their water.

Updated on July 11, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
Louisville Water has experienced a failure with a 48-inch main near Floyd and Warnock Streets. Several customers, mostly within the Watterson Expressway area, are without water or have low pressure.

Louisville Water crews are working on the problem and hope to isolate and repair the main soon.