SEWARD, Neb. -- 11:25pm UPDATE:
Late Sunday evening, Seward Public Schools posted this message on it's Facebook page, "At this time, Seward Public Schools is planning on having school tomorrow. The city thinks they have found the water leak so we will be able to use the restrooms tomorrow. We will have bottled water for students at school, but please have your child bring a bottle of water from home if possible."
Sunday evening the City of Seward is warning people not to consume any city water due to "unknown concentrations" in the water following a leak in the system.
In a post on the city's Facebook page and on the city website the alert reads:
"The City of Seward is actively working on a major water issue. Both water tower systems have run dry due to an unknown leak in the system. We will need to refill both towers with raw water to locate the leak.
Do not boil water for consumption including drinking and cooking. You may still shower, flush toilets, and do laundry. Please limit your water use to ensure pressure remains in the system. Make sure that small children are not consuming the water while bathing.
We are unsure if the leak is related to the recent flooding issue. We have all City and Emergency personnel working on the issue.
Please only call City Hall or 911 Dispatch if you have an emergency. "
Mayor Joshua Eickmeier told 10/11 News on the phone Sunday evening, the city's number one priority is the "health and safety of people in Seward."
He said crews are working to locate the leak, but because the two water tanks drained so quickly, there's currently no pressure in the system to find it. By filling the system with raw water, it will once again be pressurized and crews can diagnose where it's coming from. Once the leak is found crews can begin the process of fixing and starting to get drinkable water into the system. Eickmeier had no time table of how long that would take.
Seward Public Schools tweeted Sunday night, "SPS is monitoring the water situation & is in contact with the city. We will Bluejay Alert when more info is available."
The Nebraska Governor's Office Twitter account (@NEGovOffice, which is the official Twitter account for the press office of @GovRicketts) said Sunday night @NEMAtweets is working with officials to provide bottled water.
Concordia University in Seward posted on it's Facebook page, "Consume only bottled water until further notice. Portable toilets are available across campus. See cune.edu for additional details. Class will meet as scheduled on Monday."