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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio - The Village of East Palestine is under a water emergency, and is asking residents to conserve water. Residents are also being asked to boil water that is coming out of their taps for at least two minutes if they use their water, however bottled drinking water, and potable water is available at the Clark Street Fire Station. 

Officials explain the sub zero temperatures caused water main breaks. Village Manager Pete Monteleon explains those breaks took a toll on the village's water wells that supply water to almost 5,000 residents, and about 150 businesses. Monteleon says Saturday at about 8:00 a.m. the water superintendent realized the pumps had stopped and they were pulling up air so workers had to shut down the water systems at that point. That led to not just a call for conservation, but a call to use water only for emergency situations.
 
The water department has been working to find out what the problem is with the well that went down and is working to try and get that well back on line. Water Supervisor John Jurjavic tells us workers were busy pulling a well, trying to see what is wrong with it, and if they can get it back on line. Workers were successful getting one well up and partially running. That well is pumping about 250 gallons of water a minute, which may sound like a lot but is a drop in the reservoir tank when you consider residents use about 450,000 gallons of water a day.
 
Residents are being asked to continue to conserve water, and if they use the water to boil it for two minutes after the water comes to a boil. The fire station on Clark Street has water that can be used for flushing toilets, and after boiled, it can be used to do dishes. The inconvenience has brought out the best in some folks like John Herbert who was not only helping he and his wife but others. Herbert told us being without water was not a huge inconvenience for he and his wife since they have lived in parts of South Africa, Botswana, Libya, the Sahara and Kahahari deserts, when he worked for the Smithsonian.
He took an 80 year old friend about a dozen bottles of water, and potable water from the fire department for flushing toilets.
 
The fire chief at East Palestine has made arrangements so his department can fight fires while the water emergency continues. Chief Brett Todd tells us he has made other arrangements for tankers since his department can not depend on fire hydrants. Todd tells us the fire department has three tankers on stand by and surrounding jurisdictions are more than willing to assist. The chief tells us Negley's fire department is in the village, and Waterford is on stand by. A tanker of water has also been taken to the local nursing home to help address residents needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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