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Leak prompts water shutoff in Copley

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photo: Kathleen Folkerth
COPLEY — Copley High School students were dismissed and residents in that area were without water for a few hours after crews responded to a problem in a water main March 12.

Rick Forsythe, superintendent of the city of Akron Water Distribution, said the utility became aware of a leak in a valve of the 12-inch water main at South Cleveland-Massillon and Ridgewood roads around 8 a.m. that day. Crews shut down the line around 9:20 a.m., he said, and the repairs were completed around 1 p.m.

As a result of the water line shutoff, officials in the Copley-Fairlawn City School District dismissed students at the high school at 9:30 a.m., according to the district’s website.

Forsythe said residents and businesses in the vicinity of the water line and down Ridgewood Road to the west end of the road were affected by the shutoff.

Shown at right is a crew from Akron Public Utilities as they work to repair the problem.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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