Water Boil Order Remains in Effect

A water boil order remains in effect today for the LaBelle Water District in Steubenville as water department officials wait for test results from a New Philadelphia, Ohio, laboratory.

Water Department Superintendent Bill Skinner said Water Filtration Plant Laboratory Technician Joe Bottegal was scheduled to collect seven water samples this morning from different areas of the city affected by a Thursday waterline break.

“The water samples will be immediately transported to Ream & Haager Laboratories in New Philadelphia for the 24-hour E. coli and fecal coliform testing. A Ream & Haager Laboratories representative is scheduled to contact the water filtration plant late Sunday morning with the laboratory analysis results. If all samples tested negative for E. coli and fecal coliform, I will lift the boil water advisory for all water customers of the Labelle Water District,” said Skinner.

“While the boil water advisory is in effect, all drinking water, cooking water and water used for oral hygiene should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil for one continuous minute for disinfection purposes before use until the advisory is lifted,” said Skinner.

A main water transmission pipe from the city water filtration plant split Thursday afternoon beneath University Boulevard, sending water cascading down the street and leaving hundreds of residents without water for several hours Thursday evening. Skinner said the ruptured pipe supplied water to the LaBelle water tower tank and affected residences and businesses in the Labelle, Pleasant Heights, McCauslen Manor, Lawson Estates, Lincoln Heights, College Heights including Franciscan University of Steubenville, Bel-Air Terrace, Brady Estates, Manhattan Subdivision, Shirley Circle, Lower Hollywood Estates, Hollywood Plaza, Langley Avenue, 1400 through 2217 blocks of Sunset Boulevard, 1400 and 1500 blocks of University Boulevard, Brady Avenue, Spring Avenue, Elm Street, Mears Avenue, Terrace Avenue, Ward Place, Main Street, George Street and 900 and 1000 blocks of West Adams Street neighborhoods.

Skinner said water department crews replaced 15 feet of broken pipe and had started re-energizing the water system at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

“The areas that lost water Thursday evening remain under a boil order until further notice,” said Skinner.

Skinner said the split in the pipe was caused by the age of the infrastructure. The ruptured water pipe buckled a sidewalk in front of the filtration plant.

Skinner said if one sample tests positive for E coli or fecal coliform, the boil water advisory will be extended a minimum of 24 hours until all seven repeat samples return with a negative analysis.

Any residents with concerns or questions should call the staff at the water filtration plant at 740-283-6041.