Water emergency winds down after repairs at Bryan water treatment plant

Zain Omair joins Josh Croup on Action News Now with the latest developments in the Bryan water emergency as towers recover to normal levels
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 8:07 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 12:34 PM EDT
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BRYAN, Ohio (WTVG) - Officials have given residents an all-clear to begin using water again after emergency repairs to the city’s water treatment plant.

The city made the announcement at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday after issuing a request to stop using water Tuesday night. The towers were recovering to normal levels Wednesday afternoon. Industrial customers were asked to hold off on mass water use until noon Wednesday. The city of Bryan said the emergency was due to a valve failure and was unable to pump water into the distribution system.

Bryan Municipal Utilities said without efforts to conserve water, the utility providers would have depressurized the water system. That could have resulted in limited to no water use for businesses and industrial customers for days.

Crews worked throughout the night on repairs at the water treatment plant. Bryan Municipal Utilities said it was in touch with the Ohio EPA throughout the emergency and there was never any indication of contamination to the public water system.

“We would like to thank our community members and industry leaders for their swift action to accommodate our emergency,” Bryan Municipal Utilities said in a statement. “Your actions were invaluable during this crisis.”

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included information from a dispatcher who said a water main break caused the water emergency. City officials later clarified it was an issue with a valve failure.

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