Water break affecting customers in Craig Beach area

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CRAIG BEACH, Ohio (WKBN) – Although it was repaired before noon Wednesday, a water-line break is still causing some issues for customers in the Jackson-Milton, Craig Beach area.

The Mahoning County Sanitary Engineering Department stated there will be some pressure issues that may take some time to restore.

Water customers are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for one minute before drinking or cooking with it.

They are also asked to conserve water and keep usage to a minimum.

Notices will be sent out when the water is tested and considered safe.

Engineers believe the line underneath Wallace Drive may have been leaking for weeks until it finally gave way.

“It’s amazing some of the, just changes in temperature, changes in moisture can do to a weak point on a pipe,” said Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti.

Crews were alerted to the break after the 225,000-gallon tank off Grandview Avenue was drained, eventually spreading beyond village limits.

As the leak continued overnight, eventually the 500,000-gallon water tank along Mahoning Avenue in Milton Township, which feeds into the village water system, was drained as well.

Among those affected by the outage was the Jackson-Milton Schools campus. Administrators were forced to purchase bottled water to ensure students had enough to drink.

They did cancel afternoon preschool classes as well.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC)’s Tri-Lakes Branch also closed Wednesday due to the issues. The library plans to reopen Thursday as long as the water issues are fixed and it is safe for patrons and staff.  

Ginnetti is urging water customers to continue conserving water until both tanks can refill again.

“Hopefully, by early tomorrow at some point, pressure will start to get back up to closer to normal, but it’s gonna take a few days, unfortunately,” he said.

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