People in Gallipolis Still Without Water

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- People in Gallipolis have been dealing with little to no water pressure since Monday, leaving many people without running water for four days.

Early Friday morning, city crews, along with the Ohio EPA and Ohio Rural Water Association, isolated the water lines, allowing the main line to gain pressure and get water to the reservoir.

While the issue is not resolved, Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney said this is the first positive sign.

The Health Department, Red Cross, and volunteers handed out water at the riverfront all day, but one man said the water they are giving out is barely enough for his child.

“That water doesn't suffice, I think I'd burn through that in about an hour,” said Jason Perry. “Just cleaning bottles alone, I would burn through that bag in an hour.”

He has a family of four and said more needs to be done to help those without water.

“What about showering and brushing teeth, we need more help,” Perry said. “I appreciate their help, they're standing out there in the sun, but they're only delivering one bag of water.”

Perry said his water was only trickling today, but there were others who were able to get enough pressure to stock up without leaving home.

Gloria Halley took advantage of having water on Friday. She knew it would be off again soon, so she started filling up containers.

Gallia County Emergency Management delivered water to her home, so what she managed to keep back will be used to wash dishes and keep clean. She said the one thing she can’t stand is not being able to do laundry.

“I’ve got laundry piled up,” Halley said. “It’s the only thing you can do is pile it.”

Water pickup is available through the weekend.

Water will be handed out in Gallipolis City Park from 1 to 7 p.m.

You can fill your own water containers at the treatment facility at 2020 Chestnut Street from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday.

If you are unable to pick up water, the Gallia County Emergency Management Agency is helping coordinate deliveries. They can be reached at 740-441-2036.

The Gallipolis Developmental Center is offering bathroom and shower facilities from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2500 Ohio Ave. in Gallipolis.


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