STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – For a while, things were so busy for Aqua Ohio that crews from a local excavating firm had to be called in to help find and then repair more than half a dozen water line breaks in Lowellville and Struthers.
The first break was reported in Lowellville at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, but many didn’t realize that anything had happened until hours later.
“About 7 in the morning, didn’t have water for anything,” said Luke Balogh, of Lowellville.
Aqua Ohio spokesman Jeff LaRue said before long, there were at least six breaks in Lowellville and one in Struthers which was a block away from City Hall.
City Hall ended up closing for the day because the water had been shut off in the area.
“Because we’re a public building with no facilities, we had to close it down temporarily,” said Struthers Safety Service Director Bob Benson.
Although LaRue said the Struthers break appears to be an isolated incident, the breaks in Lowellville may have been connected.
“Anything that changes the water pressure in the spider web of pipes that lie underground can potentially lead to a water main break,” he said.
In all, 70 properties were affected by the breaks in both communities, including Struthers City Hall, but there are no plans to issue any widespread boil orders or alerts. The company will be dealing with the affected properties individually.
By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, all of the breaks had been fixed and service was restored to customers. LaRue said they’re still working to determine the cause of the issues.
Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.