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UPDATE: Significant water line break causes problems in Athens

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UPDATE: Feb 26, 3:12 p.m.

According to an email alert from Ohio University, the City of Athens has completed 'major' repairs to a water transmission line that left most of Uptown Athens with limited or no water service.

All Uptown Athens businesses have been forced to close due to health codes by the Athens County Health Department.

Crews were forced to drain the Highland Park water reservoir to a low level, as part of the repair effort.

Not only are residents affected, the nearly 17,000 on-campus residents of Ohio University are also facing the water dilemma. Multiple bathrooms have been closed on the Athens campus. University officials say water pressure is still extremely low and water heat continues to be shut off, to conserve water.

Portable bathrooms and cases of water have been delivered to various locations on Ohio University's Athens campus.

Officials expect the water pressure to remain low and the heat to be minimal for the next several hours.

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UPDATE: Feb 26, 1:57 p.m.: Medical facilities and businesses in Athens have been prompted to close following the 'catastrophic' water main break. O'Bleness Memorial Hospital has closed all outpatient services in response to the water line break.

All business, who rely on water for their customers, have also been shut down. The majority of the businesses on Court Street in Athens have been impacted the most.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly has issued several bans to conserve water including: no washing of motor vehicles, no running of outdoor fountains, pools and artificial waterfalls, and non-agricultural plant watering.

Ohio University is coping with the situation as well. Most of the dining halls have begun serving meals on paper plates and all water and soda fountains have been shut down. Classes are still running on schedule.

Crews are continuing to fix the major water line break. The estimated repair time is unknown.

Stay with 13News as this story continues to develop.


It was a busy morning for water crews, after a significant water line break on North Congress Street at approximately 2:00 a.m. Tuesday.

According to officials with the City of Athens, residents are expected to experience low water pressure and cold water as a result of the break.

The City of Athens is encouraging people to conserve water and has issued a boil water advisory for anyone living within the city limits.

The break has forced the closure of the Athens County Courthouse and Annex.  Athens City Schools will release the middle and high students at 12:30 p.m. The elementary schools will release at 1:30 p.m.

The water line break is affecting residents in the city limits as well as Ohio University students. The university has shut down all domestic hot water throughout the campus.

Crews are continuing to work on the water line, but it is unclear when the situation will be resolved.

Stay with 13News and WOWKTV.COM for updates as this story continues to develop.


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