Saturday, April 03, 1999

Water main break forces boiling alert

Campbell County residents affected

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — About 10,000 Northern Kentucky Water Service District customers were told to boil their drinking water at least through 6 p.m. today as the result of a water main break Friday.

        The 16-inch main ruptured early Friday at a construction site off Poole's Creek Road near U.S. 27, and disrupted water service to parts of Highland Heights and Fort Thomas for several hours.

        “Everyone had water by (Friday) afternoon,” Bari Joslyn, a water-quality expert with the district, said late Friday. “There is a 12-inch main parallel to the 16-inch line, so water service was never entirely cut off.”

        She said the break, which shut down activities at nearby Northern Kentucky University, would probably require up to 48 hours to repair.

        The water district put out a boil-water advisory for all Campbell County customers south of the intersection of U.S. 27 and South Fort Thomas Avenue.

        That takes in an area from Woodfill Elementary School in Fort Thomas to A.J. Jolly Park south of Alexandria, and includes all or part of Fort Thomas, Wilder, Highland Heights, Cold Spring, Alexandria and Melbourne.

        Water customers were advised to boil all water intended for consumption for three minutes, until further notice.

        “We have taken water samples for bacteria testing, but the testing process takes 24 hours,” Ms. Joslyn said. “We won't have the results until about 6 p.m. (today).”

        She said the advisory would be lifted if the samples indicate no problem with bacteria, but would be extended if tests were unsatisfactory.


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