DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – City of Dayton officials said in a news conference Monday after 6 pm those who experienced a disruption to their water service due to Monday’s water main break should expect to see an improvement over the next few hours.
The city also released a map of boil advisory areas in the city. An interactive map of the affected area can be found on the city’s website.
The City said in the order, “Dayton Public Water System has no evidence at this time that the water system is contaminated. The possibility, however, does exist that the water system is contaminated and is issuing this advisory as a precaution.”
The break was reported around 2:15 pm Monday at the intersection of E. Third Street and N. Keowee Street. Heavy flooding was reported on the street and crews were forced to close Keowee Street from E. Third Street to Valley Street.
City Manager Shelley Dickstein says that around 2:05 p.m., water staff first noticed the water main break involving a very large amount of water. Ten minutes later, crews started to locate the valves that could help them isolate the break.
The Montgomery County Environmental Services initially asked customers to conserve their water usage until the situation could be improved.
By 2:30, crews started increasing production at the Miami Water Treatment plant.
Around 3:20, officials worked to monitor and identify additional operational problems surrounding the break, which primarily impacted the low pressure system. However, around this same time, crews noticed the high pressure system was also losing pressure.
Crews quickly identified the right valves in order to control the water. Dickstein says the reservoirs are already filling.
“Those customers that experienced loss of water or pressurization problems should over the next few hours really see a big difference, a big improvement,” she said.
The city is now waiting for sample results to make sure there was not any bacteria that got into the system that could cause illness. They are working with Ohio EPA to identify specific areas that will have to undergo a precautionary boil advisory.
Water Department Director Michael Powell says crews will now work to finish isolating the area, and weather permitting, they will start excavation and examine any infrastructure that may need repairs. He reiterated that a precautionary boil advisory will be issued for any areas that experienced low pressures.
If you do not see your water pressure return over the next few hours, you are asked to call 937-333-4905.
There is no estimate at this time when the road will be reopened.
The break impacted several businesses and facilities in the area.
Dayton Children’s Hospital did not fall into the low pressure range, while Miami Valley Hospital’s normal water supply was impacted at the main campus and will likely have to take some corrective measures. Grandview Medical Center has their own disinfecting system which Dickstein says makes them independent of these boil advisories.
Many restaurants were forced to close for the evening due to a lack of water, and Sinclair Community College closed their Dayton campus for the day.
Dickstein says discussions after the massive water outage in February of 2019 have improved the City’s response to these kinds of incidents.
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