Boil Water Notice Issued for Meridian

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

It has been a rough day for many stores in Meridian. A water line break in the Bonita Lakes area has interrupted water service to Bonita Lakes Mall and several restaurants. City crews are working to make the repair to the 16-inch water line.

A boil water notice has been issued for the affected area. It includes all city of Meridian water customers south of Interstate 20/59 and east of Virginia Drive, extending to the east side of Bonita Lakes at Lake Drive and south to the back side of Bonita Lakes Mall.

This is primarily the Bonita Lakes Mall, Meridian Crossroads Shopping Center and Sam's Club areas.

Those affected include restaurants in the mall food court, as well as nail and hair salons. As soon as mall management learned of the water break, it let tenants know. Some went out and bought gallons of water and soft drinks.

"It has been a slow day for us," said Gilbert Vitela, manager of Las Fuentes in the mall. "All that water. We had to go into Wal-Mart and bring in all that water. It's just not working out for us. We're going to have to close early. It's going to cost us money."

The water line was apparently cut while a private contractor was working on repairs to the dam at Bonita Lakes Park.

Those residences and businesses currently without water are primarily in the immediate vicinity of Bonita Lakes Mall. However, because of a loss of water pressure in the entire area, all customers in that area should boil water vigorously for at least one minute until the notice is lifted. The city estimates the water should be determined to be safe to drink sometime Friday.

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  • by kim Location: meridian on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    I believe you Mr.Martin , the city of meridian will screw you if they can.....My water bill went from 79 dollors a month with a pool stop useing the pool and now the water bill is 120 dollors a month go figure...They say we have a leak but had that checked and proved to them there was no leak and still want adjust bill so we the citzens will pay for the water line break .Just another day in meridian.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    Mr. Martin, the structure of your post does not help build confidence. Please ask someone to edit next time so you will appear to be more competent.
  • by m on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    To Robert Martin- Maybe you should specialize in grammer and not construction. Moreover, if the backfill was giving way, why wasn't the water main properly supported by your crew to prevent failure?
  • by robert martin Location: meriaian on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    the water main was not cut by my contractors the back fill under the water main collapes so next time you do your story get your facts straight and stop listen to the b"bs" the city employees tell u. you know you can be sued for the wrong information
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