GALLIPOLIS — The water was fllowing from many faucets on Wednesday, but city officials planned to reboot the system again around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday because of a lack of water pressure in the system, Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney said.
The Ohio 588 area and Jacksonville Pike were the first areas affected by the shutdown, and at some point Wednesday evening the entire city would be affected as well, he said. According to Finney, the city hopes that rebooting the system will bring back the regular water pressure experienced before the leak.
A press release from the Gallia County Emergency Management Agency released Wednesday informed citizens that the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Rehab and Corrections would be providing Gallipolis with a shipment of drinking water. Randy Finney, city manager, said bags of water were available for pickup between 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at the public-use area of the Gallipolis City Park.
The water was distributed only to Gallipolis City Water customers, according to the release. Customers who made the trip the public-use area Wednesday were required to provide volunteers with their address and phone number to qualify for free water.
Peggy Pruitt, director of emergency services for the Southeastern Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross, said that the only hindrance toward their work will be storms, but that they would continue to work as much as they could through 6 p.m. One storm rolled through the area around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The water delivery comes on the heels of a large water line break early Monday morning that left most of the city’s 3,000 customers without water.
American Red Cross volunteers handed out water in a drive-thru-style distribution. Quantities of water were limited by family size, and family members needed to be present to receive water, according to the release.