EDGEWATER — The city warned residents of six Sheridan Road high rises to boil drinking water until further notice — "purely as a precaution" — after a water main broke Monday on the east side of the street.
"They cracked the water pipe," said Sheli Lulkin, president of a coalition of condo buildings on Sheridan. "They have to get a new one. They were supposed to have their water turned back on at 2 p.m. now, they say 7 p.m."
The Department of Water Management continues its work to replace 2,837 feet of an 8-inch water main between Thorndale Avenue and West Sheridan Road.
The old pipes were installed in the 1890s.
As crews were working on a pipe serving water to Kindred Hospital, the main on the other side of the street cracked, according to a letter sent to residents Monday by Tom LaPorte, the water department's assistant commissioner.
LaPorte said the cracked main had been fixed, but "purely out of caution" six buildings should boil drinking water for at least five minutes until the water can be tested.
The test should take 24 hours, he said.
"Such developments are not unusual, nor are they cause for alarm," he said.
The following buildings are affected:
• 6157 N. Sheridan Rd.
• 6145-47 N. Sheridan Rd.
• 6129 N. Sheridan Rd.
• 6121 N. Sheridan Rd.
• 6171 N. Sheridan Rd.
• 6101 N. Sheridan Rd.