Boil alert still affecting Girard residents and businesses

Residents and businesses in Girard are still under a boil advisory.

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been a week since the main water line from Niles to Girard broke, but the city says the water still isn’t safe to drink.

The boil advisory went into effect last Saturday after a water main break on Tibbetts Wick Road left about 4,000 City of Girard Water customers without water. Though water is running now, a boil alert is still in effect.

This is making life more difficult for residents and businesses alike.

At the Daily Grind Coffee shop, the waiting game has been costing owner Keith Brown extra all week.

“Every drink we make is with water, so we go through quite a bit,” he said.

Each cold drink requires bottled water, so they’re buying ice instead of making it in their machine. Glasses of water come from bottles, instead of their filtered taps.

“We always had bottled water here,” said the shop’s other owner, Tina Brown. “That’s always something that we have. Just having more…we can accomodate, that’s all.”

The delay happened because the city found two leaks in the broken pipe. Additionally, one of the parts needed to repair it wasn’t available anywhere locally, and had to be shipped in. A temporary patch was made.

“In order to get the system back up and running, we repaired it with what we had in stock and what we could get a hold of,” Mayor Jim Melfi said.

The whole job cost the city $25,000.

The boil order should be lifted Saturday. For the Browns, that day can’t come soon enough.

“I understand, I know there’s a lot of work to be done and we do have to look out for the safety of everyone. But we will be very glad when it’s over,” Keith said.

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