A boil advisory has been issued for more than 500 households in the Crains Run area of Miami Twp., and these residents should boil any water that will be used for eating, drinking, food preparation or oral hygiene.
A drop in water system pressure because of valve maintenance and complications related to a construction site has potentially affected the water quality in the area around Crains Run, a planned community development near Austin Boulevard and Wood Road.
Montgomery County has notified residents who live in the affected area about the advisory, which will last for at least the next 48 hours. The advisory is expected to be lifted on Wednesday.
Loss of water system pressure means there is a high potential for contaminants to be introduced into the water through back siphonage, pipe joints and holes in the pipes, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Ohio EPA considers any system that has lost pressure to be total coliform positive.
As a precaution, the Ohio EPA recommends that consumers in the affected area vigorously boil any water used for drinking, cooking or oral hygiene for at least one minute.
Additionally, running cold water from the bathtub faucet should help clear any discoloration of the water.
Montgomery County Environmental Services employees will begin sampling the water system as soon as pressure is restored, and residents will be notified when it is safe to use the water without boiling it, department officials said.
Residents who have questions can call the water services dispatch office at (937) 781-2678.
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