Athens water main repaired; boil-water advisory remains in place

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ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/17/2017 10:35 A.M.

Ohio University is resuming normal operations after a large water main break temporarily closed its main campus in Athens.

The break Thursday morning left much of the southeastern Ohio city without water. The Columbus Dispatch reports repairs were made by Thursday evening.

Bottled water was distributed to students and other residents, and city officials issued a temporary boil order.

The university said the library, the student center and the recreation center were reopening today as operations returned to normal.

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UPDATE 02/17/2017 10 A.M.

Ohio Health's O'Bleness Hospital in Athens released this statement Friday morning about how the city-wide water outage is affecting hospital operations:

"OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital staff were notified early Thursday morning of a water main break in the City of Athens. As a result the city is under a boil order.

THE HOSPITAL WILL REMAIN OPEN regardless of the water situation. This includes the Emergency Department, the Birth Center, Laboratory Services, Radiology and all other areas. Athens Medical Associates practices located within the Castrop Center are also open.

O’Bleness currently has safe water available for continued hospital operations. "

UPDATE 02/16/2017 4 P.M.

According to a Thursday evening news release, Athens officials say they expect the current boil-weater order to continue "through Friday evening, and possibly into Saturday morning, based on the duration of the repair."

The city says, as of Thursday afternoon, that city workers were still repairing a major waterline break in the 300 block of West State Street. The entire city is currently under a boil-water order, as the center and western parts of the city continue to be out of water.

The city will distribute bottled water - one case per car - at the maintenance building near the Athens Community Center at 701 East State Street, until 8 p.m. Thursday night, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Special-needs customers who are home-bound may coordinate for a delivery of bottled water from the Athens County chapter of the American Red Cross by calling the Athens County EMA office at 740-594-2261 until 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the city Engineering and Public Works Department, 740-593-7636.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A “boil order” is a precautionary measure.

Athens officials are reporting a major water outage in the central part the city.

All areas west of U.S. Route 33 and north of the Hocking River will be without water until further notice.

Officials say there is a major water main break near the water-treatment plant.

The community center restrooms are available for public use.

Additionally, OhioHealth's O’Bleness Hospital in Athens released a statement today saying,

"With the exception of the Castrop Center, THE HOSPITAL WILL REMAIN OPEN, regardless of the water situation. This includes the Emergency Department, the Birth Center, Laboratory Services, Radiology and all other areas.

Athens Medical Associates practices located within the Castrop Center will close at noon today and are planned to reopen tomorrow.

O’Bleness has activated water conservation procedures and currently has safe water available for continued hospital operations.

We are currently assessing the situation to see how the elective surgery schedule will be affected and will let scheduled patients know as soon as we know. "

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