NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Some of those living on Carnegie Avenue in Niles reported waking up or coming home to orange-colored water on Wednesday.
Beth Masciangelo said she turned on her faucet around noon and her water came out looking more like carrot juice.
“The city needs to do something so we can shower and wash clothes and do the things we need to do, things we’re paying the city for,” she said.
After complaints from residents, fire hydrants on Carnegie Avenue were flushed in an effort to clear sediment out of the water lines. Water Superintendent Andy Catanzarite said the discoloration of the water is likely due to old “dead-end” pipes, in which sediment tends to build up. Those pipes are flushed every so often to reduce the build up, and the city hopes to eventually loop those lines into the rest of the system to correct the issue.
The Water Department says flushing the water lines or connecting those dead-end lines are the only solutions. The problem was discussed during a City Council meeting on Wednesday night.
Masciangelo said she uses filtered or bottled water most of the time, but with an ill husband and premature granddaughter living in the home, she wants a quick solution to the problem.
But, like most fixes that are needed in the city of Niles, it all comes down to having enough money.
“We are looking at some grant money for the hydrant project, which once we get some of those fixed up, it could help eliminate some of these issues as well,” Catanzarite said.
In all, the city has 91 broken fire hydrants, which cost about $3,000 each to fix.