Bonduel boil water advisory lifted; water main break repaired

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BONDUEL, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 2/28:

Volunteers prepare meals to deliver on Wednesday

The Village of Bonduel says a boil water advisory has been lifted and all water is safe to drink.

The water main break that prompted the order has been repaired. Water testing came back free of contaminants.

Residents no longer have to boil water.

School will go on as scheduled Thursday.
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The entire village of Bonduel is under a boil water advisory after a significant water main break. The break caused low water pressure, which may possibly allow contaminants into the village's water.

The Bonduel School District canceled classes Wednesday, and some homes had no access to water, but the tight-knit community found a way to make a difference in their neighbor's lives.

The water main break on the intersection of Washington and State happened Tuesday evening. The break wasn't snow-, ice- or frost-related, but it did jeopardize the village's drinking and cooking water.

"The difference between this one and the ones we've had in the past is that we had lost quite a bit of water, which allowed us to lose pressure in the distribution system," said Todd Lorbiecki, Director of Municipal Operations for the Village of Bonduel.

With possible contamination of the water, the village will stay under a boil water advisory until results come back from a State Waters Lab Thursday morning. Lorbiecki expects the results to come back between 6 and 7 a.m.

City officials say nearly 1,500 people are under the boil water order, but 18 homes near the water break did not have access to water until the water main was repaired Wednesday evening.

Even with the unfortunate circumstances the Bonduel community was able to pull together to support each other.

The Shawano area food center donated two pallets of bottled water.

"We delivered up that water to the 18 residents that were not having water service this morning,” said Lorbiecki. “We took the rest of the water to the village hall for any village resident that is needing that water.”

The Bonduel School District rallied together to deliver food to homes after the district administrator sent an email out to staff asking for help.

"We had our senior citizens breakfast normally scheduled for Wednesday, and that was obviously canceled as well once school was canceled, and so instead of them coming to us, we thought it might be kind of a neat idea for us to go to them," said Joe Dawidziak, Bonduel School District Administrator.

A total of 105 brunches were delivered by dozens of volunteers, showing the true meaning of community.

"They cooked the breakfast, they made the calls to seniors, and we had runners, we had students involved, teacher’s kids were involved, we had a school board member and his wife, too,” said Dawidziak.

The volunteers also dropped off food to crew members out fixing the water main and those who were stranded or disabled.

"There were a lot of people involved,” said Dawidziak. “It was really a wonderful thing to see happen in action."

The water main is fixed but the boil order remains in effect until at least Thursday morning. The Bonduel School District will make a decision Thursday morning on whether classes will be held.