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City of Akron Water Division Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Parts of Akron and Surrounding Communities


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Water Division
Published: 08-08-2022

Akron, Ohio, August 8, 2022 9:00 PM -  A 36” Akron water main today was taken out of service for critical repairs when a significant reduction of water pressure in portions of west Akron, the City of Fairlawn and Copley Township were experienced.

As a precaution, the City of Akron Water Division has issued a boil water advisory for those customers who experienced the low water pressures today which are located west of North and South Hawkins Ave. and east of Route 21. This includes but is not limited to the City of Fairlawn, the neighborhood of Fairlawn Heights and the portion of Copley Township east of Route 21.

All customers within this area who experienced the low pressures, or are unsure, are advised to boil their water until further notice.  Water used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a full boil for a minimum of 2 minutes and returned to the proper temperature before use.  This advisory will be in effect until further notice, but for a minimum of 24 hours.  

Further, the loss of pressure may also cause additional disruptions in water quality including discolored water and/or potentially a temporary increase in lead levels in the drinking water.

As a standard practice the US EPA recommends the following actions to reduce possible lead exposure in drinking water:

  • If water has not been used for several hours, run the tap until there is a noticeable temperature drop. Then, run water for 30 seconds to 3 minutes before using it for drinking and cooking. This helps flush water that may have contained lead that may have leached from plumbing.
  • Use cold water for cooking, drinking, and preparing baby formula. Boiling the water will not reduce lead.
  • Clean your faucet aerator regularly.

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A release will be issued when the boil water advisory is lifted.  Please contact the Akron Water Distribution Dispatch at 330-375-2420 for further updates.

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