Businesses bounce back from water woes

By Lindsay Kriz

June 4, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — Local businesses are beginning to bounce back after a major water leak Monday left city of Gallipolis water customers without water.

Many businesses, including Tuscany Cuccini, were forced to close their doors after the leak affected many local businesses.

Holzer Health System’s Gallipolis hospital and other clinic locations in the area are currently operating under Stage 1 of its water conservation plan. The hospital is only using water when necessary from the facility’s reservoir tanks located at the main campus at 100 Jackson Pike in Gallipolis.

Holzer will not use water from the city until the situation is resolved. The facility does not anticipate any significant concerns, but is continuing to monitor the situation closely, according to a press release issued by the hospital.

Other local businesses dealt with the shortage in different ways.

Tuscany Cuccini Ristorante Italiano closed its doors early Monday as a result of the leak, restaurant manager Manuel Ortiz said.

The restaurant remained closed Tuesday and reopened Wednesday under precautionary measures, he said.

Measures included serving guests bottled water and cooking with store-bought water. Employees also washed hands with bottled water and sanitized afterward to ensure there was no cross-contamination, Ortiz said.

Luckeydoo’s Fitness Gym and Tanning remained open during the water shortage with no plumbing problems, owner Wally Luckeydoo said.

The business offered free water to customers who visited Luckeydoo’s if they needed it, he said. They also made sure they had plenty hand sanitizer and sanitizer to clean off machines, he said.