The first breakage occurred along Third Avenue near the intersection with Olive Street. City work crews had just finished repairing that break when they were called to the second break on Chatham Avenue at the intersection with Gallia Avenue. A worker on the scene at the Chatham site said a 9-foot section of 12-inch pipe had to be replaced at each location.
As of 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, the city manager’s office reported that crews were in the process of finishing repair work at the Chatham site and were close to restoring water service for all residents affected by the breakage.
According to the city manager’s office, there is no evidence to indicate that the water system has been contaminated. The boil advisory is being issued simply as a precaution, according to a fax sent out just after noon Wednesday.
The city water department is conducting an investigation and is collecting samples. The city will issue a notice once the boil advisory is lifted. Residents with questions can contact the Gallipolis Utility Office at 441-6006.
Additionally, the city manager’s office has announced that hydrant flushing scheduled for Wednesday evening has been canceled.