Crews worked throughout the day Monday to repair a leak that resulted. The leak was discovered after residents noticed a drop in water pressure in the Mountain View Drive area on Sunday and water district crews began digging on Monday.
The crack occurred in an old section of pipe that last was repaired around 40 years ago.
"We have to cut the pipe to take out the cracked section. And whenever you do that there's a potential for dirt and bacteria to get into the pipe. And for that reason, a boil water alert is issued for the areas that don't have water currently," Ellsworth Public Works Director Lisa Sekulich said.
The boil water order affects residents of Mountain View Drive, Hillside Drive, Edaco Court and a portion of Surry Road. Once the pipe is repaired, water samples will be sent to the state lab for testing.
The boil water order will be lifted once the tests show the water is safe, which was expected to happen as early as Tuesday.