Akron, Ohio, August 14, 2023 — 10:35 AM — Early this morning, a water main break on Akron Peninsula Road near Bath Road caused reduced water pressures for nearly 150 Akron water customers located in Cuyahoga Falls and Boston Township. The water main break required water supply to be shut off resulting in those customers experiencing depressurization along the northern portion of Akron Peninsula Road including the vicinity of Steels Corners Road, Towpath Blvd., Bolanz Road, Everett Road leading to Oak Hill Road and Major Road. Repairs are expected to be completed early this afternoon at which time water supply and pressure will be restored.
As a precaution, the City of Akron Water Supply Bureau has issued a boil water advisory for all customers on, within, or adjacent to the following locations:
Akron Peninsula Road north of Bath Road
Steels Corners Road West
Laurel Valley Drive
Deepridge Drive and Circle
Riverview Road between Bolanz and Everett
Oak Hill Road
Major Road to Stine Road
A detailed map describing the limits of the precautionary advisory is available here.
All customers within this area are advised to boil their water until further notice. Water used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a full boil for a minimum of 2 minutes and returned to the proper temperature before use. This advisory will be in effect until further notice, but for a minimum of 18 to 24 hours after the repair is made and normal pressures are restored.
Further, the loss of pressure may also cause additional disruptions in water quality including discolored water and/or potentially a temporary increase in lead levels in the drinking water.
As a standard practice, the US EPA recommends the following actions to reduce possible lead exposure in drinking water:
- If water has not been used for several hours, run the tap until there is a noticeable temperature drop. Then, run water for 30 seconds to 3 minutes before using it for drinking and cooking. This helps flush water that may have contained lead that may have leached from plumbing.
- Use cold water for cooking, drinking, and preparing baby formula. Boiling the water will not reduce lead.
- Clean your faucet aerator regularly.
For additional information visit drinktap.org or www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.