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Precautionary boil advisory for portions of St. Louis lifted Saturday after water main break

The 20-inch water main break happened at the intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Chippewa Street.

ST. LOUIS — A precautionary boil advisory issued Friday after a water main break in south St. Louis has been lifted.

The 20-inch water main break happened at the intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Chippewa Street, near the city's Lindenwood Park neighborhood. 

A precautionary boil advisory was issued for parts of the area by the St. Louis City Water Division Friday afternoon due to low water pressure caused by the main break. 

The boil advisory was lifted shortly before 2:15 Saturday afternoon. Repairs on the main should be finished by Saturday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for St. Louis city. 

The affected south city areas are:

Area 1

  • Bevo Mill
  • Boulevard Heights
  • Carondelet
  • Dutchtown
  • Holly Hills
  • Mount Pleasant

Area 2

  • Lindenwood Park

Boil Advisory Boundary Area 1

  • Mississippi River west on Robert to Morganford
  • North on Morganford to Delor
  • East on Delor to Gustine
  • North on Gustine to Itaska
  • East on Itaska to S. Grand
  • North on S. Grand to Taft
  • East on Taft to Virginia
  • South on Virginia to Delor
  • East on Delor to Mississippi River

Boil Advisory Boundary Area 2

  • Fyler @ Jamieson, East to Watson
  • South on Watson to Chippewa
  • West on Chippewa to Jamieson
  • North on Jamieson to Fyler

The Water Division said they have not detected any contamination in the water supply. They ask residents to boil their tap water before drinking and cooking. 

The advisory will remain in effect until water quality samples confirm the water is safe, the division said. The advisory could be in effect for 24-48 hours. 

Officials did not provide immediate word on how long the repairs would take.

Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly said the department has received many calls from residents citing little to no water pressure in the area. 

First Ward Alderwoman Anne Schweitzer shared a photo of the water main break flooding streets. 

According to the City of St. Louis, there have been more than 60 water main breaks since October 2022. 

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Infrastructure and Utilities Committee heard a bill that proposes a phased-in water rate increase. This would help with infrastructure repairs in the future.  

"The Board of Aldermen last adjusted the City's water rate in 2010, nearly 13 years ago, and did not move on a proposal to do so in 2016. With more than 60 water main breaks since October 2022, it's absolutely clear that the City can no longer kick the can down the road," Nick Desideri, communications director for St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, said.

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