October 20, 2014

Elyria
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Boil alert issued for Elyria, Amherst and Elyria Township, parts of Sheffield Township

ELYRIA — A boil alert for the cities of Elyria and Amherst, as well as in Elyria Township, is in effect until 10 p.m.

Sheffield Township residents who have Elyria water are also effected, according to township trustee Chad Parsons.

A boil alert asks people to boil drinking water to prevent them from potentially becoming sick from higher-than-normal levels of bacteria or possible contamination.

The alert was triggered by a pump at the water plant at 3628 W. Erie Ave. in Lorain malfunctioning between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Kevin Brubaker, assistant safety services director.

The malfunction caused increased levels of turbidity or cloudy water. What caused the malfunction is under investigation.

Brubaker said plant workers, who are required to contact the Ohio EPA about boil alerts, were told by EPA officials they could’ve waited until this morning to issue the alert because none of the untreated water was going out to the public until this morning. Brubaker said they decided to be “proactive” and issue the alert at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“The guys out here at the water plant have it under control, and nobody’s going to get sick from the water,” he said. “It’s just more of a precautionary measure than anything else.”

Residents with questions should call the Elyria Water Department at (440) 322-2927.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.