June 27, 2016

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Medina boil alert scheduled for Wednesday

MEDINA — A portion of the city’s south side will be under a boil alert starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday as crews work on the $350,000 Koons Avenue water pump station upgrade.

During the alert, residents are advised to boil tap water used for drinking for at least one minute.

Click here to view a map of the area affected by the boil alert.

The affected area is roughly triangle-shaped, and includes residents on the south of Lafayette Road (U.S. Route 42) and west of Wadsworth Road (state Route 57). City residents south of the eastern portion of Sturbridge Drive and east of Wadsworth Road also fall under the alert.

The boil alert will remain in effect for at least 18 hours, possibly longer. Officials will lift the alert once test results indicate there’s no bacterial contamination.

The $350,000 upgrade includes repairing pipes and replacing the pump. On Wednesday, crews will replace the pump, city Engineer Patrick Patton said.

There will be a depressurization of water because of the project, and because the water pressure will fall below 20 pounds per square inch, the water can become contaminated with bacteria, city Service Director Nino Piccoli has said.

He said the risk of unsafe water is unlikely but, to be safe, boiling drinking water is recommended.
Piccoli said anyone who drank contaminated water would feel sick with flu-like symptoms.

Residents can visit Medina’s website at www.medinaoh.org for updates as well as The Gazette’s website at www.medina-gazette.com.

For information, contact the city’s water service office at (330) 722-9081.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.