Water being restored in Steubenville

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It’s been almost four days since the city of Steubenville shut off all water downtown, and emotions are running high for local businesses and residents.

“We pay taxes so the city keeps our stuff on and it’s not working? What is that?You know what I mean? It’s just inconvenient,” said Steve Owens, an employee at Fort Steuben Appliance.

But it’s been inconvenient for everyone involved.

Crews have been working around the clock to fix the issue and they finally believe they have.

On Sunday, the water department replaced a 12-inch pipe in the south end of the city.

But even with the fix, Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis said it’s a slow process to get the water systems back up and running.

“It takes time to get water to all the areas here. We have to open up and flush a lot of our fire hydrants, fill the reservoirs etc. It has to be done the right way or you’ll end up blowing the pipes,” Mavromatis said.

Of course, once the water is back, customers will remain under a boil advisory.

“Once we get this water back up there will be a coil order, 42 to 72 hours., because we have to test this water all through the city. It take a minimum of 24 hours,” Mavromatis said.

That means you can’t take a shower or drink the water.

You can cook as long as you boil the water first.

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