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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Base residents were told Monday to boil their water following a line break reported Sunday morning.

Base officials did not know how long it would take to fix the water line.

“Until further notice, all personnel must boil any water used for drinking or food preparation,” said base spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Kenya N. Shiloh in response to a query.

Residents were advised to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute to kill bacteria.

Housing areas east of Fairchild Avenue were affected but their water was restored Monday morning, Shiloh said.

“The base is experiencing intermittent water outages,” Shiloh added. “All areas have water. However, housing residents will see a decrease in water pressure. Personnel are encouraged to use water sparingly and are reminded to keep their taps shut off when not in use.”

She said the water line break was discovered on Kuter Boulevard at the intersection of Douglas Avenue when someone noticed a new dip in the road. The area was dug up and a 4-foot split in the pipe was revealed.

Base environment officials were testing the entire water system Monday to determine which areas would remain at “non-potable” status, Shiloh said.


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