Boil advisory off for city water users
GALLIPOLIS - A boil advisory issued to some Gallipolis water customers over the weekend was called off after testing found no contamination in their water.
The boil advisory was canceled Saturday night once the testing was complete and results were negative for any foreign matter in the water.
City officials acted after two leaks in the city water system were repaired Friday. But some residents were asked to continue boiling their water until test results were available.
A boil advisory is a precautionary measure because contamination is a possibility.
The advisory affected those customers residing from Sycamore Street to the Silver Bridge Plaza and from McCormick Road from American Legion Post 27 to Thomas Do-It Center.
The city water department advised that all water that was used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation in the affected areas had to be boiled. During the advisory, officials stressed there was no evidence the water supply had been compromised.
One leak in the system occurred near a fire hydrant on a hillside just off McCormick, said the water department's Brent McCreedy.
The other leak involved a 12-inch water main along Upper River Road, McCreedy said. When the line broke, water gushed out of the ground on the road next to Oakwood Homes, hindering traffic in the southbound lane of Upper River Road.
Crews repaired both leaks by Friday night. The water department then had to repressurize the line and test the water for contaminants.
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