July 25, 2016

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Medina water woes starting to subside

MEDINA — Crews labored until almost midnight Wednesday to fix a burst water pipe that caused a portion of South Court Street to be shut down.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, water could be seen seeping up from the concrete in front of the Marathon gas station at 429 S. Court St.

“The fellows did a good job,” Service Director Nino Piccoli said, adding crews ultimately replaced a 5-foot-long section of pipe.

The pipe “had three very large holes,” Piccoli said. “They tried clamping the first hole. They put the clamp on the hole and it caused another part of the pipe to burst … because it was a weak pipe.”

Thus far, repairs on the water main have cost the city an estimated $1,500. That doesn’t include the cost of permanently patch­ing the hole dug to access the pipe, he said.

During the repair work, water was shut off to sur­rounding businesses for about two hours and a boil alert was issued, Piccoli said. Businesses including Panda Chinese Restaurant, Papa John’s Pizza and Auto-Zone likely will remain under a boil alert until early today. No residential prop­erties were under the alert, he said.

Picoli said a separate boil alert affecting the southwestern portion of Medina due to the $350,000 Koons Avenue Pump Station upgrade work was lifted early Thursday after water samples test­ed negative for bacteria.

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