MANSFIELD -- A citywide water boil advisory will continue in Mansfield until at least Friday at 7 a.m., Public Works Director Dave Remy announced this morning.
Remy said work at the city's water treatment plant to address maintenance issues will continue into early Thursday morning, which means the boil advisory needed to be extended.
"A lot was accomplished overnight relative to the maintenance issues, but the work crew was unable to complete its task and will commence another 12-hour shift today at around 6 p.m. to finish," Remy said.
"Because of Ohio EPA regulations, we are required to test water samples once the work is complete and then wait no less than 24 hours before an advisory can be lifted," he said.
The boil advisory began Tuesday at 6 p.m. City officials have said there is no problem with the current water quality and this is a precautionary measure for the potential of bacteria formation.
City workers are installing a bypass water pump at the plant on Lexington-Springmill Road, needed to do the maintenance work.
Because the pipe that will go into the water for the bypass pump is a foreign object, it has a possibility of introducing bacteria into the water system. Any time there is a potential for contamination, a boil advisory is issued until bacteria samples are collected and tested to ensure the absence of bacteria.
Water treatment plant manager Bill Wallace said it's really no different than an isolated water main break somewhere in the city that could impact a small area. In this instance, it's coming directly from the water treatment plant, so the boil advisory is citywide.