June 26, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Boil alert on tap for part of Medina’s south side

MEDINA — A portion of the city’s south side will be under a boil alert Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. as the city completes work on the Koons Avenue water station upgrade and decommissions the old station.

The boil alert is expected to last until noon Wednesday. During the alert, residents are advised to boil tap water used for drinking for at least one minute.

The boil alert comes as crews complete the new $350,000 water booster pump station project. The new Koons Avenue pump became operational earlier this month.

“This is where the actual pipe gets disconnected from the old station,” city Service Director Nino Piccoli said. “The new one is tied in; however, the old one has to be disconnected.”

Now that it’s online and fully operational, the old station must be decommissioned, requiring the city to temporarily depressurize the area at the pump station site at Koons Avenue.

Because of the depressurization, customers receiving water from the Koons Road station will be under a boil alert.

The affected area is roughly triangle-shaped and includes residents 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.

Piccoli said while bacterial contamination was unlikely, the city issued the alert as a precaution.

He said drinking contaminated water could result in flu-like symptoms.

A similar alert was issued in August when crews worked on the station upgrade. Piccoli said he hopes this will be the last alert related to this project.

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

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