Gallipolis water leak repaired
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A major water leak that has disrupted water service to 3,000 city of Gallipolis water customers for nine days has been found and dealt with, and a boil water advisory could be lifted by tonight, city officials said Tuesday.
The water leak, initially reported June 2, was not allowing the water system to maintain pressure. A 12-inch abandoned water main has been identified as the problem, according to City Manager Randy Finney. An active water main under the Chickamagua Creek was broken along with the abandoned line.
The break under the creek was repaired last week, but water pressure problems ensued for about a week. The city reservoir now is being filled at a good rate, according to Shelly L. Woodall, assistant city auditor. At the current rate, the reservoir should be filled in the next few days, Woodall said.
Customers are being asked to continue to conserve water. The boil water advisory will continue through Tuesday night. If the samples show water is safe, the advisory will be lifted. It takes about 24 hours to get results from the tests, according to Woodall. If results are negative, the boil water advisory will continue for another day.
The results of the test will be available at the city’s website at www.cityofgallipolis.com.
The water distribution station will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. each day at the public use area until the boil water advisory is lifted.
Finney said once the valve to the abandoned water main was closed, the water pressure in the system began to build and the amount of the water in the reservoir began to increase.
Finney thanked all the engineers and utility workers that came from other cities to help find the leak as well as local and state agencies and volunteers that worked on the water problems.