Businesses Recovering From Slow Work Day After Boil Advisory

Franque Thompson

COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM)- Business owners and people in Council Bluffs exhaled a sigh of relief after the boil advisory was lifted Thursday afternoon. This after a water main break in a pipe sent the city into a frenzy once people were advised not to use their water.

"It was an incredible pain in the butt. I mean it just takes extra time, especially when you're not used to it," said Chantil Ellis, a waitress who had to work under the stressful conditions.

More than 400 businesses and people in the felt the same way, like Ellis.

"Customers weren't likely to cross the river when they're in Omaha and the other part of it is just calming everyone's concern," said Rene Orduna, Dixie Quicks restaurant owner in Council Bluffs.

"It was pretty slow. A lot of people didn't want to come in because they thought for some reason this wouldn't open for it and wouldn't accommodate the problem," said Dixie Quicks waiter, Douglas Eicher.

It was Wednesday when business weren't able to use water because of a water main break in a pipe. That set back a lot of dish washing serving drinks and everything in between.

"There is no reason for us that it could fail again, but we will be examining what occurred to that pipe once we get it out and we can take a closer look at it," said Douglas Drummey of the Council Bluffs water works.

The health department said one way to stay safe is to clean your water pipes regularly. Especially after incidents like this. That way you can prevent bacteria from growing.

"We're lucky enough that the precaution wasn't warranted. And that we're all safe and the water is safe and we don't have to worry about it," said Orduna.

The department also suggest to run your water for a few minutes to get sand out the pipes.

Restaurants like Dixie Quicks took the suggestion further and provide water only by request.

"Make sure people know that water is a commodity and that we should be careful of itthat we shouldn't waste and throw down the drain," said Orduna.

Something to keep in mind and prepare for, just in case the 'pain-in-the-butt" break happens again.