Cargill plant at 3201 Needmore Road

High-water user Cargill shuts down because of water outage

A widespread water outage in the past 24 hours affected hundreds of businesses and hundreds of thousands of residents in the city of Dayton and across much of Montgomery County.

The problems have caused one of the top area water users to shut down operations, the company said Thursday.

Cargill Inc. is not operating its Needmore Road facility as a result of the water issues, according to Doug Myers, Cargill Dayton Facility Manager.

“With food safety as a top priority for Cargill and to comply with the city’s request to limit water usage, we do not have the facility operating at this time,” Myers said in an email released by the company.

“However, our employees and contractors continue to work on site, and we are taking advantage of this time to perform some routine maintenance procedures on our equipment,” Myers added. “We are also working with our customers to establish plans to meet their needs.”

The Cargill Dayton facility is a wet corn mill, using approximately 3.5 million to 4 million gallons of water daily. It was the city of Dayton’s largest water customer in 2018.

Dayton government officials held a press conference this morning, saying they have located the source of the largest water outage in the city’s history.

A boil advisory remains in effect for many Montgomery County businesses as testing of the water proceeds for the next 24 to 48 hours, the city is advising.

Here are the top water users in the city of Dayton:

1 Cargill Inc.

2 Tate & Lyle

3 Miami Valley Hospital

4 University of Dayton

5 VA Center

6 Hohman Plating Co.

7 Greater Dayton Premier Health

8 AGA Gas Inc.

9 Dayton Correctional Facility

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