Dayton locates source of largest water outage in the city’s history

Dayton locates source of largest water outage in the city’s history
Boil water advisory issued in Montgomery County.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A leak was discovered in pipes under the Great Miami River that resulted in more than 100 million gallons of water being wasted. Water outages and boil advisory warnings are still in place impacting thousands across Montgomery County.

According to the Dayton Daily News, at the outages peak, 400,000 customers in Dayton and Montgomery County were affected.

The issues started around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Michael Powell, the water department’s director, told the Dayton Daily News that crews isolated the leak in the river, but did not provide specifics.

City and County Press event about water outage - happening now

Posted by Dayton, Ohio - City Government on Thursday, February 14, 2019

On Thursday morning, city officials said there is no evidence the water system is contaminated, but as a precaution, customers should continue to observe the boil advisories.

“We are investigating and taking the necessary steps to correct the problem as soon as possible. Water Department employees begin sampling as soon as the water pressure was restored. The testing is to insure that there are no harmful bacteria present in the water distribution system. An “ALL CLEAR” notification will be issued as soon as the test results have cleared,” the city said.

To find if your address is included in the boil advisory, visit this website.

Mayor Nan Whaley posted a statement to her Facebook page about the water shortage late Wednesday night.

UPDATE: The City is experiencing a significant loss of water in the millions of gallons within our distribution...

Posted by Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The following Kroger locations have begun distributing donated bottled water:

  • 3520 W. Siebenthaler Ave.Dayton, OH 45406
  • 1934 Needmore Rd.Dayton, OH 45414
  • 1024 S. Smithville Rd.Dayton, OH 45403

The advisory is expected to be lifted by the end of the day Friday, the Dayton Daily News said.

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