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County still working to recover from water outage

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) -- Officials spoke at noon Thursday giving an update on the water situation in Montgomery County.

Officials said not all communities are included in the boil advisory. Those communities include:

  • Centerville
  • Kettering
  • Miami Township
  • Moraine
  • Washington Township

Additionally, the following cities have their own water systems and were never affected by the boil advisory:

  • Oakwood
  • Huber Heights
  • Vandalia
  • Englewood
  • Miamisburg
  • Union
  • West Carrollton

Officials distributed 34,000 bottles of water to the community. Distribution of those water bottles was set up and made available at the following locations until 6 p.m. Thursday:

  • Christian Life Center - 3489 Little York Road
  • Happy Corner Church - 7037 N. Union Road in Clayton
  • Trotwood Fire Station 72 - 5469 Little Richmond Road

County officials say they are working with the Dayton Foodbank to created a new, centralized bottled water distribution site to function through Saturday. They are expected to release those details at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Officials stress they have a limited amount of water at this time. While they are working to obtain more they ask that only residents who have a medical need or do not have access to bottled water on their own.

Kroger and Walmart also donated and distributed water to those in need Thursday.

Dayton and Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeffrey Cooper said Thursday whenever there is any kind of disruption the water system, and it's an unplanned or unexpected change, there is always the potential for contamination.

Cooper said, "It is a nationally recognized best-practice to issue a boil advisory out of an abundance of caution."

Cooper continued saying that while the risk of people becoming ill may be low, "we have to recognize that there are sensitive members of the population." These include very young infants, individuals who have chronic illnesses or are immuno-compromised, as well as the elderly are likely at greater risk of becoming ill if they consume contaminated water.

Dayton officials said Thursday morning the city's water treatment plant is pumping at full capacity and returning water to systems impacted by a massive water outage.

City and Montgomery County officials confirm crews have identified the location of a large water main break.

Dayton City officials say crews isolated areas systematically until they found the affected area. Crews found the water main break around 1:30 a.m. in pipes underneath the Greater Miami River. Officials say it was difficult to find the break near the river due to elevated river levels.

According to Dayton City officials, it took roughly eight hours for the water treatment plant to fill the entire system.

 

Testing is also being done on water samples. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley posted on Twitter that those results could take 24-48 hours to return.

 

 

Until city and county officials review those results and deem the water safe, a boil advisory will remain in effect.

City officials are still encouraging customers to conserve water until receiving notice to resume normal use,

According to city officials, water may look cloudy for one to two days after service is fully restored.

Customers should continue to observe the boil advisory in the areas depicted on the City’s service map.  For more information, contact dispatch at 333-4905 for assistance.

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