The City of Akron Water Supply Bureau has lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for customers in Boston Township and Cuyahoga Falls located on Oak Hill Road, Major Road, Everett Road, and Bolanz Road including 4683 Riverview Road, 4563 Riverview Road and 4451 Akron Peninsula Road.
On Sunday morning, the City of Akron issued a precautionary boil advisory because of depressurization related to a water main break on Weathervane Lane followed by an additional water main break on Akron Peninsula Road. Both water mains have been repaired and pressures have been completely restored to the affected areas.
Water testing has been completed over the past 24 hours confirming the drinking water is safe. EPA regulations require the City to perform testing to ensure that the drinking water is safe before a precautionary boil water advisory can be lifted. At this time, Akron Water customers are no longer required to boil their drinking water or take any special precautions. Water is safe to consume and can be used normally.
Please be aware you may experience periodic discoloration or cloudiness of water for the next day or two. Discoloration is faint yellow or brown in color, while cloudiness can have the appearance of weak milk. Discoloration results from drinking water scouring the inside of water mains due to the main break. If this should happen, open every cold water faucet and bath/shower fixture in your home at the same time and flush for five minutes until clear. Cloudiness is the result of dissolved air and will eventually clear itself out. Neither discoloration or cloudiness are reasons to be concerned about the safety of the water over the next couple of days.
Questions should be directed to Akron Water Distribution Dispatch at (330) 375-2420.
For the second time in the past few days; a water main break has prompted City of Akron officials to issue a "boil water" advisory.
The first break ocurred Saturday, on Weathervane Lane, prompting the City to issue an alert for customers on Oak Hill Road, and Major Road in Boston Township.
Today, after a break on Akron-Peninsula Road near Ira Road; they expanded the advisory area area to include Oak Hill Road, Major Road, Everett Road, Bolanz Road including 4683 Riverview Road, 4563 Riverview Road, and 4451 Akron Peninsula Road.
As a precaution, customers on these roads and at those addresses are under a precautionary boil water advisory. Customers 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 18 to 24 hours after the repair is made and normal pressures are restored.
Repairs to the water main break are expected to be completed today at which time water pressures will be restored to normal.
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 US EPA 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.
A press release will be issued when the boil water advisory is lifted. Customers can also contact the Akron 24/7 Water Distribution Dispatch at 330-375-2420 for further updates.