LAKE TOWNSHIP — The Stark County Metropolitan Water District is advising residents to boil water before using it due to the possibility of disease-causing organisms having entered the Lake Township water supply.
Officials say the illness-causing organisms may have been introduced to the water supply through a “low-pressure event.”
The water boil advisory has been issued for residents from Brumbaugh to Pontius Street and east and west to Hoover Estates and Edison Street.
Residents should take note of the following:
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
The water district says it has no evidence that the water system has been contaminated, but “the possibility, however, does exist that the water system is contaminated and is issuing this advisory as a precaution.”
The district says it is investigating the issue and taking steps to correct the problem.
Anyone who requires additional information may call the water district at 330-451-2320. Also, the EPA Safe Drinking Water hotline can be reached at 800-426-4791.