Dayton Water Outage: 5 things you need to know

DAYTON — Montgomery County is under a Boil Water Advisory following a widespread water outage in the region that began Wednesday evening.

» FIRST REPORT: Boil advisory issued; Montgomery County residents still asked to conserve water

According to a county spokeswoman, a loss of pressure from a significant line may be the source of the outage, but crews are still working to determine the location of the issue.  Here is what you need to know about the ongoing situation:

Communities begin to report loss of pressure in the area

At 5:11 p.m., numerous communities in Montgomery County, including Clayton, Butler Twp., Harrison Twp., Trotwood, and parts of Vandalia, reported lower water pressure or complete loss of service in the area. According to a spokesperson from Montgomery County Environmental Services, the county became aware of the issue around 4:40 p.m. and dispatched crews in an attempt to locate the source of the problem.

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Problem spreads; churches, businesses close due to loss of water services

At 6:05 p.m., reports of loss of water pressure began to come in from the Dayton area, prompting some businesses and churches in the region to close or cancel services for the evening.

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City of Dayton issues statement

The City of Dayton issued a formal statement at 6:15 p.m. that a partial water system outage is “affecting thousands of customers in northern Dayton and Montgomery County since 4:30 to 5 p.m.” and Dayton Water Department staff were working at the Miami Water Treatment Plant in Dayton and in the field to determine the cause and restore service as soon as possible.

Montgomery County citizens asked to conserve water

At 7:05 p.m., water customers in Montgomery County were asked to conserve water as much as possible as the system was undergoing evaluation. Officials from Montgomery County also began assisting Dayton crews in attempting to locate the source of the issue.

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Boil advisory issued

At 8:20 p.m., the Dayton Water Department issued a Boil Water Advisory for some Montgomery County residents as a precautionary measure.

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During a 10 p.m. news conference, officials for the city said they were still investigating the issue and would provide updates every hour.