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Water shut off to Laughlin resorts after water main break

Updated June 23, 2018 - 9:07 pm

A boil water order issued in Laughlin after a water main break Saturday afternoon may remain in effect for another 48 hours, authorities said.

The main break prompted officials to shut off water to the resort corridor in Laughlin, an unincorporated town about 90 minutes south of Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the leak near Bruce Woodbury and Casino drives.

The order was issued Saturday afternoon, and the water authority announced at 7:15 p.m. that the order would be extended another 36 to 48 hours.

Water district officials are on site repairing the leak, which started about 1 p.m., spokesman Corey Enus said Saturday. Crews installed a new pipeline, and water may start flowing as soon as Saturday evening.

However, the order will remain in effect until it’s rescinded, even if water is flowing, Enus said.

The Southern Nevada Health District and the water district have been in touch with the affected casinos, he said, adding that employees of casinos were providing guests with bottled water.

“They’re well aware of the boil water notice, and they’re communicating that to their guests,” Enus said.

All water used for drinking or cooking in the affected corridor should be boiled or bottled until the order is lifted, the order stipulates.

The order applies to all people in the area bordered to the west by Thomas Edison Drive, to the east by Casino Drive, to the north by state Route 163 and to the south by Harrah’s Laughlin.

Affected residents should boil water for one minute and cool it before using the water.

Temperatures in Bullhead City, the recording spot nearest to and across the river from Laughlin, had reached 108 degrees as of 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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