LAGRANGE TWP. — After more than 24 hours, nearly all 500 residents of Pheasant Run Village were told they would have water again by the end of Tuesday after a water main break Monday afternoon.
Glenn Miller, a maintenance supervisor for the private community, said the break occurred because of a water hydrant at the end of Lakeview Court. Over decades, the pressure pushed the hydrant off the pipe, he said. The reason, Miller said, was because the pipe system lacked mechanical pipe restraints. When Rural Lorain County Water Authority came to the area, they ordered the water be shut off to fix the problem.
Many residents like Jason Loflin said they've been trying to make due for the past 24 hours without water, going to the store to buy cases of bottled water for bathing, cooking, drinking and cleaning. In addition, Lofli said his family collected rain water from Monday, as well as getting 5-gallon buckets from a nearby pond on the property to help flush the toilets.
Loflin said his family has experienced being without water before in other places they've lived, but never for more than 24 hours. He lives on the property with his wife and four children, ages 6 to 19. For the most part, he said the neighborhood has been helping each other through the ordeal.
"It seems like everyone was doing what they could to help on this," he said.
The issue was fixed by McConnell Excavation of Oberlin, which worked most of Monday and Tuesday as well as flushing the 42 hydrants on the property. A new main valve was replaced on the water system, new pipes and used mechanical restraints, Miller said. Pheasant Run also has worked with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in getting the water back on the system within regulations.
A boil alert was issued for residents, warning them to not drink the water before boiling it. The alert instructs residents to boil the water for at least one minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, washing or cooking. it's unknown how long the alert will be in effect.
For more information about the boil alert, residents are urged to call the EPA Safe Drinking Water hotline at (800) 426-4791.