A restaurant has to prep vegetables in another kitchen and purchase bottles of water and soda to serve customers due to a water main break Monday morning.
About seven restaurants and businesses near Market Plaza, off of Madison Avenue in Greenwood, are under a boil water advisory from the Indiana American Water Company until 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Indiana American Water Company spokesman Joe Loughmiller.
A six-inch water main in the parking lot near Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, NAPA Auto Parts and Dollar General broke about 10 a.m. Monday. The broken water main created a geyser out of the ground for about 30 minutes, Greenwood Fire Department Chief James Sipes said.
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“It looked like Niagara Falls at one point,” said Steve Santoro, a salesman at NAPA Auto Parts.
The water main is about 60 years old, Loughmiller said. The age of the pipeline is most likely what caused the break, he said.
The water was turned off to nearby doctor’s offices, stores and restaurants for about six hours to fix the water main, but also to repair a nearby fire hydrant that was not working, Loughmiller said.
Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza had to restrict business to carry-out or delivery for their meals due to the boil water advisory, general manager Josh Smith said. Customers were restricted from dining in the restaurant since tap water could not be used to run the dishwasher or keep toilets and sinks functioning in the restrooms. Bottled water will be used to clean vegetables and run the dishwasher today, Smith said.
The same water main has broken at least twice since Jockamo opened the Greenwood location about five years ago, Smith said.