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City Of Akron Water Division Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory For Portions Of The Akron

Akron, Ohio, October 11, 2022 2:00 PM - Yesterday, at approximately 1pm, an unexpected water main break occurred due to construction along Akron-Peninsula Road. The break resulted in reduced water pressures within northern portions of the Akron Water Distribution system.

The main was shut off around 4pm on Monday October 10 for repairs and was turned back on around 7pm when the main was fixed. Around this time, water customers in the surrounding area may have noticed discolored water as a result of mineral deposits being stirred up.

As a precaution due to the depressurization which occurred, the City of Akron Water Division has issued a boil water advisory for those customers who experienced low water pressures in the Northampton, Smith Road, and the Boston Township areas as depicted on the attached map.

All customers within these areas who experienced the low pressures or are unsure are advised to boil their water until further notice. Water used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a full boil for a minimum of 2 minutes and returned to the proper temperature before use. This advisory will be in effect until further notice, but for a minimum of 24 hours.

Further, the loss of pressure may also cause additional disruptions in water quality including discolored water and/or potentially a temporary increase in lead levels in the drinking water.

As a standard practice the USEPA recommends the following actions to reduce possible lead exposure in drinking water:

  • If water has not been used for several hours, run the tap until there is a noticeable temperature drop. Then, run water for 30 seconds to 3 minutes before using it for drinking and cooking. This helps flush water that may have contained lead that may have leached from plumbing.

  • Use cold water for cooking, drinking, and preparing baby formula. Boiling the water will not reduce lead.

  • Clean your faucet aerator regularly.

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A release will be issued when the boil water advisory is lifted. Please contact the Akron 24/7 Water Distribution Dispatch at 330-375-2420 for further updates.

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