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Customers without water drops to only a few hundred

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- The number of Ashland water customers currently without service has dropped to 200 to 300, but several new line breaks were found on Thursday, meaning a system-wide boil water advisory will likely continue through Sunday.

"We have been improving the last couple of days, but we had some new breaks today we're dealing with," said Mayor Chuck Charles. He hoped crews could make repairs on one underground break at 15th Street and Greenup Avenue overnight.

"We're hoping by Sunday we'll have the breaks corrected," Charles said.

Ashland's more than 50,000 water customers have been under a boil water advisory since Jan. 27 due to a series of waterline breaks that disrupted water service to several thousand customers. The advisory has prompted Ashland's fast food restaurants not to offer fountain drinks.

City officials earlier this week agreed to call in several outside contractors to help make the necessary repairs. The boil water advisory will continue until all the breaks are fixed. Testing the water quality then will take 18 hours before any boil water advisory is lifted, Charles said.

"If everything goes to plan, we could lift the boil water advisory early next week," Charles said Thursday afternoon.

A water tank at East Park industrial park now is getting water after a break was repaired, said City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson. Water levels at several other water tanks remain stable, he said.

The water remains safe to use for dishwashers and laundry, Gunderson said.

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