July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

South side of Medina under boil alert at 3 p.m. today

MEDINA — A portion of the city’s south side will be under a boil alert today at 3 p.m. as crews complete work on the Koons Avenue water station upgrade.

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.”

To complete the project, crews must temporarily depressurize the area at the pump station site. 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 is 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.medina­gazette.com.

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

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.