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Boil alert for Vermilion residents


Update (10:15 a.m. Friday):

The boil alert for the city of Vermilion continues on Friday.

Another update will be issued by the city after water readings at 6 p.m.

Vermilion is among several cities in the county experiencing water problems because of the weather.

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A boil alert has been issued for Vermilion residents until further notice.

On Wednesday evening, water plant technicians noticed a drop in the water system, which prompted the alert.

“The water system didn’t look right, so for the safety of citizens, we had to issue the boil alert,” said Jim Warner, operator of record at the Vermilion water plant.

Warner said weather could be the cause of the system drop, but the official cause of the problem is under investigation.

Warner said Vermilion’s water service is not affected by the situation at Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, where frozen intake pipes are causing a critical water emergency in several cities.

Warner said with this weather, it is not unusual for water plants along the lake to experience problems.

He said there is no timetable for when the city’s boil alert will be canceled, but said it would likely continue throughout the night.

Residents are advised to boil water for three minutes before consumption.

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