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Frozen Lake Erie intakes repaired, water crisis affecting region evaporating

Beacon Journal staff and wire report

The water crisis faced by tens of thousands of Northeast Ohio residents appears to be melting away.

Avon Lake Municipal Utilities notified the public via social media shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday that efforts to repair frozen intake pipes on Lake Erie were successful and that city was removing its water restrictions.

“Success during the night! We are removing our water restrictions and pumping to our neighbors,” was posted on the utility’s Twitter account Thursday. “They will det. when they can remove theirs.”

Lorain County officials said Thursday that input rates were nearly back to normal for the more than 206,000 residential and commercial customers whose water is provided through the Avon Lake Regional Water plant.

All restrictions were lifted Thursday, but officials said a boil alert would likely be issued for customers in a small area.

The intake issues caused problems for the utility’s customers, including those in Medina city and a number of communities in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. In Medina, where a city employee noticed Tuesday evening that the city’s water tanks were becoming low and suspected something was amiss, schools were closed again and a boil alert was in effect Thursday morning.

While the restrictions were in place, water was to be used only for drinking, cooking, personal washing and flushing of toilets throughout the affected areas.


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