EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Another water main break in East Liverpool caused water shutoffs earlier this week. Friday night, the city shut the water off again, this time to do repair work.
They’re replacing water valves and pipes that are around 100 years old and they’re hoping this will stop water main breaks from happening in the future.
Around 6 p.m. the water was shut off in the downtown area and won’t be turned back on for six to eight hours.
This comes after a water main break on Tuesday.
The following areas will be affected:
- W. 4th St. from Jackson St. to Market St.
- E. 4th St. from Market St. to Elm St.
- E. 5th St. from Market St. to Penn Ave.
- Market St. from W. 4th St. to W. 5th St.
- W. 5th St. from Jefferson to Market St.
- Ravine St.
- Lower Thompson
- Broadway south of E. 5th St.
- Some portions of Walnut, College and Elm St., 2nd St. and 3rd St.
This isn’t the first time they’ve had water problems. A local coffee shop has been affected by it for weeks. With a boil order in place, they couldn’t serve iced drinks.
Residents told us they’re just hoping this fixes the water issues.
“I’m hoping that this stops. We’ve lived here about a year and we never had a problem, our water never went off and now it’s been off, you know, three times. I guess it’ll be the fourth today in the last three weeks,” said resident Susan Jennings.
While the water was shut off, the city told people to have jugs or bottled water on hand.
“Anyone that’s in a high rise, a house or whatever, they should kind of put bottled water or jugs of water off to the side when they know we’re going to do something,” said David Dawson, safety service director.
The woman we spoke with reached out to the city and Salvation Army about being provided the water but had no luck.
The city as well as the Salvation Army did say they would be checking in on residents while the water was shut off.
Rep. Bill Johnson weighed in on the issue, saying:
Congressional action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, pipelines, high-speed broadband and other systems that will help secure a prosperous American future.
These pressing, much needed projects create both jobs and opportunities for economic growth in places like East Liverpool and across eastern Ohio.”
Some area businesses decided to stay open, while others closed for the night.
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