The water main break that has affected a large portion of Chattanooga has left many businesses high and dry as well.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department reminds restaurants in the affected area that they must close immediately if running water under pressure is not available.

The water main break is causing low pressure throughout the affected area. Without sufficient water pressure, some restaurant cleaning and hygienic practices may be compromised.

The affected area is the downtown Chattanooga area west of Missionary Ridge, North Chattanooga, Red Bank, Brown’s Ferry, Tiftonia, and Lookout Valley.

Additionally, the Health Department 3rd Street and Homeless Healthcare Centers have been closed due to the water outage.

The Birchwood, Sequoyah, and Ooltewah health centers will be open as usual. Clients may use these three centers but they are encouraged to call before going to see if the particular service for which they are looking is available, since not all services are offered outside of the 3rd Street main campus, according to spokesman Tom Bodkin.

The telephone numbers are:

  • Birchwood – 423-961-0446
  • Sequoyah – 423-842-3031
  • Ooltewah – 423-238-4269

The Health Department expects to be open as usual on Monday.