Water Woes Ending in Lorain County

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AVON, Ohio -- The water woes are ending in parts of Northeast Ohio. A problem with a frozen intake line that threatened to cut water to thousands has now been fixed.

That means the water is flowing freely again at the Dante Lucci Salon in Avon.

"Absolutely, definitely thrilled," said hair stylist Elana Koussa.

Wednesday evening, the salon shut down two hours early after they received a call from authorities in Avon, urging them to stop using water because the water supply in the city was getting dangerously low.

"We really don't shut down ever, so when we shut down, it's serious I guess, so she had to...she had to put a sign in the back," Koussa said.

Avon and several other communities in Lorain and Medina counties receive their water from a water treatment plant in neighboring Avon Lake.

Tuesday night, an intake pipe was blocked with frozen slush, drastically reducing the amount of water that could be pumped from Lake Erie and on to thousands of customers. All day, crews worked to thaw the pipe with no success.

Then, overnight they had to create a road to the lake shore, and crews went out about 300 feet into the lake and connect temporary hoses and pumps to get the water flowing again.

"We were able to work with a local vendor who was able to provide some very large pumps and we had six pumps that we were bringing in that would bypass our typical intakes," said Avon Lake public utilities executive Todd Danielson.

Water officials say by mid-morning water was being sent to thousands of customers at near normal levels and allowed the ice building in the permanent intake to be removed.

"I just maybe flushed the toilet a couple times with the kids and the wife and other than that I didn't do no clothes or nothing like that," said Avon resident Dan Mroczka.

Many residents, like Lynne Brenner in Avon, said they complied with the request to conserve water, but they are glad the situation is over.

"I had a couple loads of wash to do, I didn't do that. I told my son no showers you know, 'cause the guys take 30 minute showers, so I said no showers today, and I really watched, I really watched what I was doing with the water," Brenner said.

The plant was continuing to use the temporary system to supply water until it could totally switch back over to the permanent water intake system.