April 20, 2014

Medina
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Citywide boil alert today in Medina after water-main break

MEDINA — A boil alert has been issued this morning for the entire city after a major water-main break occurred in the 300 block of Forest Meadows Drive, according to Mayor Dennis Hanwell.

The break of a 16-inch water pipe occurred about 5:10 a.m. today, the mayor said. The city water department has shut down the leak and is working to repair the damage.

Residences on Forest Meadows Drive and adjacent side streets — between North Jefferson Street and Cloverdale Avenue — are temporarily without water, Hanwell noted. The boil alert has been issued for the next 24 hours or until further notice, he said.

Medina City Schools and the Medina Community Recreation Center are closed today due to the water-main break.

Nino Piccoli, city services director, said the boil alert is precautionary for areas of the city outside of the break region.

“This break is more widespread than most, and we’re not sure what pipes in our water system have depressurized,” Piccoli said.

Piccoli was uncertain of the cause of the water-line break.

“It might have been a weak sport or an old pipe,” he said.

City residents are asked to boil water used for consumption until the alert is lifted.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.