The Laurie Public Works Department is recommending customers on its water system boil the water before use after a break in the line Sunday.
Public Works Director Ed Young suggested boiling water for the next 48 hours as a cautionary measure. It is not an order from the city or the state.
The recommendation is for the next 48 hours because the water can't be tested until Wednesday, according to Young.
He believed the water is safe due to the city's chlorination system, but with the big chunk of line that was out, said that it would be prudent to follow the boil recommendation.
The water main break occurred Sunday morning from appeared to be a failed fitting - a six-inch 90-degree elbow - between Hwy. O and Forest Rd. on Hibdon Rd., Young said.
The leak was draining water out of the system faster than pumps could put water back in the system, he said, so the public works crew was called in about noon Dec. 30. Water was shut off to users south of the Hwy. 5 and Hwy. O intersection around 2:30 p.m. After repairs, service was back up for the area around 10 p.m., according to Young.