Crews work to repair broken line
GALLIPOLIS, OHIO -- City crews in Gallipolis, along with the Ohio EPA and Ohio Rural Water Association, worked Friday hoping to find the broken line that has left some city residents without water for five days.
The workers were able to isolate water lines Friday morning, and provide good flow and pressure on the main line to try to pinpoint the problem.
"We have opened the line to the reservoir and are attempting to send water to the reservoir. With this isolation we have a better idea where we are losing pressure," Randy Finney, Gallipolis city manager, said in a press release. Finney said companies were due in town Friday evening to apply monitors to hydrants in an attempt to locate the broken line.
Crews will continue to work through the weekend to find the source of the leak, but there is no estimate as to when water will be restored.
The leak has affected nearly 3,500 household customers, and 25 restaurants have been temporarily closed in the area by the health commissioner.
Melissa Blank, public information officer for Galllia County Emergency Management Agency, said there have been no reports of health issues related to the water, but there have been calls from residents who are unable to leave their homes to get water, such as the elderly.
"We encourage people to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly," Blank said.
Blank said the agency reminds those who do have water that there is a mandatory boil advisory. Water must be boiled for at least three minutes before use. The agency also asks those with limited water to conserve it.
The Gallia County EMA continues to staff the Emergency Operations Center, located in the basement of the 911 center, to help coordinate delivery and distribution of water. Those with requests or inquiries concerning the water outage can call the agency at 740-441-2036. If there is an emergency, call 911.
The American Red Cross and Gallia County Health Department, with assistance from local high school and 4-H club volunteers, have been staffing the water distribution at the public use area of the Gallipolis City Park.
The water, which is contained in a five-gallon plastic-bladder-type bag, will be handed out from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the weekend and is for drinking use only.
Customers can fill their own containers for uses other than drinking at the water treatment plant, located at 2020 Chestnut St., Gallipolis, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday.
Shower and bathroom facilities are available at The Gallipolis Developmental Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2500 Ohio Ave. in Gallipolis and the Lyne Center athletic complex at the University of Rio Grande will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Users must supply their own commodities for both facilities.
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