KELLOGG, Idaho – It could still be a few hours before roughly 3,000 people in Shoshone County get water service back, as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Part of a water main that served the cities of Kellogg, Smelterville and Osburn eroded along the Coeur d’Alene earlier this week. There is also a drinking water advisory for the region. This means you should either use bottled water or boil your water for a minute before drinking.
Close to a day and a half of work later, crews with the Central Shoshone County water district was working to restore water service to people in the Silver Valley.
At the scene of the water main break just outside of Pinehurst. City of Kellogg affected the most. pic.twitter.com/0uYBJtxQ8x— Taylor Viydo (@KREMTaylor) April 20, 2017
"I've been here 17 years, and this is the worst main break we've seen," said one crew member.
Crews have been welding a new fitting on to the main before they can pour concrete and then get the water back running. While the break happened Tuesday night, it was Wednesday night and this morning when the reserves started to run out and people's pipes started to dry up. The Kellogg school district canceled classes. Restaurants had to close their doors. Local firefighters had to up their preparation in a way like never before.
Since the water was out, some fire hydrants in Smelterville, Kellogg, and Osburn aren't working. The local fire district filled up some massive water tenders in case they had to respond to a fire.
The local fire district has water tenders on hand just in case. Some hydrants in Kellogg aren't working because of the main break. pic.twitter.com/oydU4nYKhi— Taylor Viydo (@KREMTaylor) April 20, 2017
Once the water is flowing again, the water district will still have to flush the system and do some disinfecting. They will be issuing a boil order because of the cleaning.