A citywide boil advisory has been issued after maintenance issues at Mansfield, Ohio’s water treatment plant.
After work at the Mansfield Water Treatment Plant to construct a new bypass line, Mansfield, Ohio has issued a citywide boil advisory.
"Due to a limited availability of water, organisms that cause illness in people may have entered the water supply," reported the advisory.
Residents are being urged not to drink city water without boiling it first, or to use bottled water, reported Mansfield News Journal. Mansfield declared what was called a mandatory water conservation emergency on Dec. 30 and asked customers to conserve water.
The city's water capacity has been limited due to maintenance issues at the water plant, according to William Wallace, water treatment plant manager.
"It's a maintenance issue, primarily, of trying to create a bypass line at the plant so we can do some repairs on a main line, take some pressure off the main line so we could do those repairs," said Dave Remy, public works director. "That's why the boil advisory is being put in place, because of the bypass that's going to be utilized for a couple of days."
Construction on the bypass began Dec. 31 and the boil advisory will be in place for a couple of days, according to Mansfield News Journal.
"When you put a new line in, or you make some major repairs to a line, it doesn't matter whether it's in the street or wherever, you issue a boil advisory," Remy said. "This boil advisory just happens to be citywide because the bypass is at the plant."