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5 breaks force city boil order

A boil water advisory for three sections of Ironton likely will be lifted Tuesday morning after city crews finish repairs to line breaks today.

Monday, November 22, 1999

A boil water advisory for three sections of Ironton likely will be lifted Tuesday morning after city crews finish repairs to line breaks today.

Three separate line breaks occurred Sunday, prompting a boil advisory for the Indian Hills, Zenith Heights and Ohio 141 areas, Ironton public services coordinator John McCabe said.

"The areas affected are fed by a pump station on Ohio 141," McCabe said.

The water breaks caused the city’s lines to lose pressure, and some homes were without water, which requires an advisory in case backflow enters a resident’s taps, he said.

Then, this morning, two other breaks occurred – one on Echo Drive and one on Spruce Street – and another boil advisory was issued for the same areas, McCabe said.

"It’s a precautionary boil order because of the depressurization," he said.

Crews were making repairs on Spruce this morning, then were expected to move to Echo Drive to repair a two-inch line there, McCabe said.

Also, the Ohio 141 pump station is being monitored because it’s pumping with more pressure to keep water flowing, he said.

Full service is expected to be restored today, which means the boil order can be lifted Tuesday, he added.

Water breaks are common this time of year because the ground settles after a dry summer gives way to a wet fall, and that sometimes shifts lines, McCabe said.

"You can expect that now, but we didn’t expect them all at once," he said.