September 2, 2014

Medina
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What made a street in Medina change green Thursday?

Residents on North Elmwood Avenue in Medina may have thought the thaw was here at last after the ground turned green Thursday.

No such luck.

The green slush was the result of a leaking water line at the corner of North Elmwood Avenue and West Union Street.

City water crews use green dye to locate leaks.

Medina Service Department crews work Thursday morning to clean up a dye spill at the corner of North Elmwood Avenue and West Union Street. The dye is used to find leaks in the city’s water lines. When a water line broke Wednesday night, a container of the powdered dye fell from a work truck and was run over, turning the whole street green. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Medina Service Department crews work Thursday morning to clean up a dye spill at the corner of North Elmwood Avenue and West Union Street. The dye is used to find leaks in the city’s water lines. When a water line broke Wednesday night, a container of the powdered dye fell from a work truck and was run over, turning the whole street green. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

A container of the powdered dye fell from the back of one of the work trucks and was run over, spilling about ¼ of a quart of the dye all over the road, turning everything a fluorescent green.

“It’s a concentrate, and that much could color a whole lake,” city Service Director Nino Piccoli said. “It’s non-toxic, though. It ended up in the creek from the storm sewer, but that’s where it goes regardless every time we test a line. We’re cleaned up and we’re all good.”

A crew worked into the late morning to clear the green snow from the street.

The water-line break that caused it was just one of many that have plagued the city this week, Piccoli said.

“This cold weather is just playing havoc with our pipes. It’s just that time of year,” he said.

Water lines have also broken on East Washington Street, State Road, Sycamore Tree Drive, Yorktown Drive, North Broadway Street, Jackson Street and East Friendship Street.

“They all start running together for the fellas and I feel bad because they’re exhausted. They go from leak to leak in this cold,” Piccoli said.

He said several boil alerts have been issued and rescinded throughout the week, but only have affected a few households and businesses near each leak.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.