GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Health Commissioner ordered all restaurants served by Gallipolis city water to close Thursday morning, according to an email from Michelle Miller, executive director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the Chamber will be closed until water is restored.
According to the email, testing by the city Wednesday night identified a leak as the cause of a lack of water/water pressure experienced by city residents.
City Manager Randy Finney said crews have not been able to find the source of the leak. “We had crews working last night to find the leak with no success, and we will be walking all the lines to try to find it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sound detection equipment will be arriving this afternoon to locate the source of the problem, according to the email. Until then, there is no timeline to restore water, Miller said. The Gallia County Emergency Management Agency is working with the State of Ohio to coordinate continued water distribution from the Department of Rehab and Corrections, Pickaway Correctional Institution.
The American Red Cross will be giving away water to Gallipolis residents affected by the water shortage again today at the public-use area from 1-7 p.m., according to a press release. Water will be distributed to Gallipolis city water customers only in a drive-thru style. Quantities are limited by family size and family members must be present to receive water, according to the release. Finney reminded customers that water received from the public-use area is for drinking only, and that water customers can fill their own containers for other uses at the water treatment plant, located at 2020 Chestnut St., Gallipolis from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.
This news comes after Finney announced that the city would again shut down all water lines within the service area starting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Finney said to restore pressure, the city would restore water levels in the reservoir, then start bringing each service area back up.
In addition, the University of Rio Grande is opening its fitness center showers at the Lyne Center to any residents affected. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Finney also encouraged residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled who cannot leave their homes.
For any further requests or inquiries concerning the water outage, call 740-441-2036, or 911 for emergencies.