June 27, 2016

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Medina issues boil alert for southeast side

MEDINA — The city has issued a boil alert after a water main break in the 900 block of East Washington Street.

Service Director Nino Piccoli said the break occurred at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

About 20 homes on East Washington Street and Alber Drive were without water. Piccoli said water should be restored by late Wednesday.

The boil alert was issued for residents living south of Smokerise Drive, not including Smokerise Drive, and east of state Route 57/Wadsworth Road to the southern city limits.

During the alert, residents are urged to boil tap water used for drinking at a rolling boil for one minute.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience and understanding of the public,” a city news release said.

The alert was issued as a precautionary measure, Piccoli said.

“It is our goal to lift the boil order as soon as the test results are received,” the release said. “The boil alert will remain in effect for a minimum of 18 hours, possibly longer.”

Piccoli said he wasn’t sure yet what caused the break.

“It’s probably an older line,” he said. “We don’t know if it was a corrosion issue or just a pipe broken.”

The city will post updates at www.medinaoh.org, Armstrong cable access channels 36 and 37 and the city Facebook page as well as inform local media.

For more information, residents may call the city’s water service office at (330) 722-9081 or (330) 722-9026.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.