Water boil advisory issued for city residents

STEUBENVILLE – The city water department issued a boil water advisory until further notice for water customers in the LaBelle water district.

Assistant Water Superintendent Bill Skinner announced the advisory is now in effect for all residences and businesses on College Heights, including Franciscan University of Steubenville, Bel-Air Terrace, 1400 and 1500 blocks of University Boulevard and the 900 block of Brady Avenue.

“A continuous boil water advisory has been put into effect and will remain in effect until further notice. All drinking water, water to make ice, cooking water and water for oral hygiene should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil for one continuous minute for disinfection purposes before use until the boil advisory is lifted. An additional notice will be given when the boil water advisory is lifted,” announced Skinner.

“The Steubenville water department has no evidence at this time that the water is contaminated. But the possibility does exist that the water system is contaminated and we are issuing this advisory as a precaution,” added Skinner

The city replaced a broken elbow on the main pump line for the LaBelle Water Distribution system and water was restored to the system upon completion. The water pressure may be reduced for a period of time until the entire system is restored to normal water level operating conditions.

“Please briefly run cold tap water into a stationary tub or from a hose bib to slowly flush the customer service line if any air or discolored water appears once water is restored. I would like to thank our water customers for their understanding and patience during this time of inconvenience. All questions or concerns can be answered by the staff at the water filtration plant at (740) 283-6041,” noted Skinner.