WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Wellsville Local Schools are closed for the second day on Friday as a water main break in the village is repaired.
Wellsville Schools Superintendent Richard Bereschik said the district will play Monday by ear, as water lines may be fixed as early as Saturday.
As of Friday morning, drinkable water is available at the Wellsville Fire Department, according to the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency. They say the water is for the schools, nursing homes and the functional needs of residents. Those residents who cannot boil water can also obtain the water.
The water main break, which is the second in as many weeks, closed the village’s school district.
Water was flowing Friday morning, but, according to the Buckeye Water District which supplies water for Wellsville, everyone in the village must boil water before drinking it as a precaution.
About 60 feet of line is being replaced. A temporary repair was being used to pipe water to the system on Thursday.
“They have water right now, because of the temporary hookup, but conserve water and make sure you boil it. There is a boil order in effect,” said Buckeye Water Director Al DeAngelis.
Todd Brown, superintendent of Buckeye Water, said this time, approximately 400,000 gallons of water were lost in about 15 minutes before the water was shut down. Firefighters from neighboring departments helped put down temporary pipelines to restore water flow.
It is the second water main break in the village this month — the first began on October 7, taking five days to fully repair. Brown said this water main break is located near the last.
“It’s in the proximity of where it was before, about 100 feet away,” he said.
Brown said financial constraints limit crews from completely replacing the entire pipe in the area, which he estimates is 80 to 100 years old. He contributed the break again to the age of the pipe, but said replacing the whole thing would cost around $1 million.
“Last time, we might have put in 25 feet. This time, it’s somewhere between 45 and 50 feet [that need replaced],” he said.
According to crews, the water system should be stronger for the village now, with the replacement of all the main water lines.