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Toledo water main break resulted in extended boil order

July 24, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What was described as a hole "the size of a softball" in an eight-inch water main by Toledo city worker Rob Werner caused a several day disruption of safe drinking water supply in Toledo.

The all-clear was issued shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, following a boil order which was authorized on Wednesday night by Toledo Mayor Dave Svoboda.

Two successive days of tests clearing the water supply were required. A test conducted Thursday came back with one measure unsatisfactory on Friday. Subsequent tests performed on Friday and Saturday cleared the supply.

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Toledo city crew works to locate a main shut-off about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the 100 block of East High.
Chronicle/John Speer

Discovered about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, the northern section of the Broadway and High intersection was awash with water. Water soon was rushing down the gutter to U.S. Highway 63 two blocks away and backing up on East High Street.

At least one downtown building owner reported water in the basement of his building.

Toledo city workers were able to install a hydro-stat valve in the street about one-half block east on High to stem the water pressure about 8 p.m. This allowed for work on the actual leak to start.

A crew from Utility Equipment Co., Des Moines, was summoned to aid the Toledo workers and the leak was repaired between 3:30-4 a.m. according to City?Clerk Julie Wilkerson.

The Toledo water tower is maintained at a depth of 30 feet of water. When the level dips to 24 feet, it automatically refills according to Werner.

With the main break, the level dipped to four feet at one point, Werner said.



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