MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Following a citywide water outage Sunday morning, officials in Blaine are telling residents to boil any tap water they use as service returns.
The water problems began around 8 a.m. for the city of 57,000 that lies about 15 miles north of Minneapolis. Mayor Tom Ryan initially suspected a water main break, but it later turned out to be a system failure, the exact cause of which is yet unknown.READ MORE: Tornado Sirens Didn't Sound Off Friday In At Least 3 Twin Cities Suburbs
In the 31 years he’s been with the city government, Ryan says he’s never seen anything like this.
Blaine city workers trying to figure out why towers like this 2 million gallon one weren’t receiving water. pic.twitter.com/8esWf2sHPD
— Susan-Elizabeth (@susanelizabethL) January 8, 2017
Currently, the water that is supplying the city is coming from a connection with Coon Rapids, the mayor said. Throughout the day, emergency crews will be filling water towers to restore water pressure.
Residents are asked to use water sparingly as service returns. Officials say that for the next 24 hours, any tap water should be boiled before use to ensure it’s safe to consume. (For instructions on how to follow the boil order, click here.)
Officials say that all area school districts have been alerted to the problem and will determine how to handle the situation for students on Monday.
Amid the lack of water service, area residents reported on social media that they were using bottled water to get by. Some businesses also announced via social media that they would be closed Sunday.READ MORE: Andover Residents With Contaminated Drinking Water Are Frustrated, Want Answers
— Blaine Minnesota (@BlaineMinnesota) January 8, 2017
The city of Blaine doesn’t have a water supply rn so guess who’s not doing laundry before they go back to school 😊😊😊
— Kaylee (@the_lovely_kz) January 8, 2017
Blaine has no water. Well…that’s a good excuse to not shower.
— Ryan Schenck (@RyanSch3nck) January 8, 2017
Robert Therres, the public services manager with the City of Blaine, said the water problem is likely due to a glitch in their computer communication system.
“Basically people were not receiving water because there was no water to receive. Our towers were empty so we needed to build those up and recharge the system,” Therres said.MORE NEWS: Man Shot In Jaw While Driving In St. Paul
Water has been restored in the city, but the 24-hour boil order remains in effect.