The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 7, 2013

Conneaut boil alert may be cooled today

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT —  A boil alert for a large section of southern Conneaut could be lifted today, authorities say.

Residents were advised to boil water soon after a pipe ruptured in or near a pump station on Center Road behind the Love's Travel Stop plaza at Interstate 90 and Route 7, officials said. The pipe was repaired Monday, but the alert will remain in effect until samples are thoroughly tested, authorities said.

City Manager Tim Eggelston said he learned about the pipe failure around noon Monday. The boil warning issued by the city follows protocol, he said.

An unknown number of customers were affected by the broken pipe. Gateway Elementary and Conneaut Middle schools, located a short distance from the freeway interchange, were in session when water service was interrupted. Students from the elementary and middle schools were transported to Lakeshore Primary and Conneaut High schools, respectively, to finish the school day, officials said.

Firefighters said the pipe break did not compromise their ability to battle a blaze in the affected area.

The same part of town was impacted in July 2011 when a 10-inch line broke in the vicinity of South Parrish Road and Conneaut Creek. Hundreds of customers were without water.