The city of Urbana issued a boil advisory late Thursday afternoon after a water main broke in the 300 block of East Church Street, affecting as many as 100 residents.
The break occurred around 4 p.m., said Robert Munch, superintendent of the Urbana Water Division.
It’s not clear what caused the break, but he said the ground often shifts as recent subzero temperatures begin to rise, causing breaks. Residents on East Church Street between North Main and Sycamore streets are asked to boil their water for 2 minutes prior to consumption or until further notice. City crews are still working to repair the break, and are notifying residents door-to-door in the affected area.
The boil advisory could be lifted by Monday, Munch said. He said more breaks are also possible as the temperatures fluctuate.
This is the second significant break the city has faced this month. A pair of weather-related water line breaks earlier in January led to a boil advisory that affected hundreds of residential and business customers in the city.