The 48-hour alert is for the areas of Cooper Foster Park Road to the south, Tower Boulevard to the north, Leavitt Road to the west and Oberlin Avenue to the east, according to Utilities Director Corey Timko. He stressed that the alert was strictly a precautionary measure because of an approximately 45-minute delay between the outage and a backup generator at the plant that runs the water purification process starting.
“When the power shuts off, all the systems in the plant stop,” Timko said. “You have to manually restart them.”
The area where the alert was issued is the highest point in Lorain, and Timko said workers who conducted tests there were uncertain if water pressure was adequate, triggering the alert. He said the decision to have an alert was to ensure Lorain was in compliance with all Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The city ran afoul of the EPA in 2011 for not issuing a prompt alert.
Timko said testing for coliform (cloudy water) would be done today and Friday.