Athens boil water advisory lifted, several days after large water main break

Crews attend to a water main break in Athens - February 16, 2017
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The City of Athens announced the boil alert has been lifted.

Crews fixed a water main break in Athens that caused Ohio University and several schools in the city to close.

The break Thursday morning left much of the southeastern Ohio city without water.

City officials issued a boil order Thursday, which remained in effect several days. The city says the boil order was a precautionary measure and the water may have air in the lines or be discolored.

The water main break happened Thursday morning in the 300 block of W. State Street. A city engineer said a 16-inch line burst around 5 a.m.

The city is distributing a limited amount of bottled water to customers. Residents may pick up one case per car at the maintenance building in front of the Athens Community Center at 701 E. State Street up until 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Special needs customers may call the Athens County chapter of the American Red Cross for a delivery of bottled water at 740-594-2261.

Ohio University closed its Athens campus Thursday and several Athens city schools were closed due to the break.

The university said the library, the student center and the recreation center were reopening Friday as operations returned to normal.

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