Water Problem Update in Muskingum County

by Danielle Cotterman on November 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

If you live east of the Muskingum River, you likely woke-up to little or no water service Friday morning.

Muskingum County Water Department Manager Don Madden said shortly before 5 a.m. residents began reporting low water pressure. Just after sunrise a 12-inch water main break was located near the Airport Industrial Park. Madden said the line effects a large number of east Muskingum County residents.

"With most breaks it’s a situation where it won’t be on a line, as large of a line as this is," said Madden. "And it will be where the diameter of the pipe that is leaking, or the whole that the water is leaking out of, is much smaller."

Madden said the line was completely ruptured, causing all water in the elevated tanks to be lost. Until the water can be completely restored residents will likely experience low water pressure or dis-colored water.

"This is simply because of the lines having lost water out of them, and as the air that is being displaced in those lines is basically mixed without the water it gives it a milky color to it," said Madden. 

A boil advisory is now in effect for residents who lost water. Madden asks residents to help by conserving water use so that tanks can be restored to their full capacity.