Bellefontaine awaits water test results


Water samples were submitted before 5 p.m. Wednesday which could allow Bellefontaine to lift boil advisories to business, industry and government buildings west of the city this evening.

Water Superintendent Tim Newland reports samples were collected after crews reworked repairs to a main along County Road 32 just north of State Route 47.

Testing the samples requires a 24-hour wait.

A 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.

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.

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

They are waiting for water to subside over the swampy area.