Crews restore water service

RTC, Discovery Center reopen


Bellefontaine water department crews back fill a hole with gravel after patching a leaking water valve along County Road 32, just north of Jubilee Mennonite Church. The patch is one of two that crews will apply in the area today. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Water service to several Logan County facilities west of Bellefontaine was restored Tuesday afternoon as water department crews addressed leaks from high water pressure over the weekend.

Service-Safety Director James Holycross said service to business, industry and government complexes was restored, but crews needed to revisit repairs to service connects along County Road 32 just north of State Route 47.

Water Superintendent Tim Newland reported the work was under way as of 9 a.m. and he was hopeful they could clear water test results yet today.

“If I can get the samples in and tested by 5 p.m., we could lift the boil advisory today,” he said.

Boil advisories for West Street and west Williams Avenue also have been lifted.

Water service was interrupted for such facilities as the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Jail Complex, 284 S. County Road 32; RTC Industries, 36 S. County Road 32; Logan Acres, 2739 County Road 91; and the Discovery Center, 1973 W. State Route 47.

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities shut down RTC and the Discovery Center on Tuesday, but have reopened today.

The series of waterline breaks came over the weekend after Bellefontaine was forced to route water from a broken west well field transmission line to smaller diameter mains along Sandusky Avenue.

Mr. Holycross said the switch increased water pressure causing weak connections and lines on the city’s west side to burst.

Well field water is now diverted to larger pipes that run south on Troy Road and then east on Lake Avenue before turning north on Main Street to the water treatment plant at 917 S. Main St.

Rerouting the supply flow has lowered water pressure and stabilized the city’s system, Mr. Holycross said

The damaged transmission line crosses under Troy in the 600 block and crews have yet to reach the broken section.

They have been concentrating on restoring service. They also have to wait until the swampy area is no longer under water.