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Boil alert lifted at impacted University of Akron buildings

Akron city officials said the boil alert was issued after an ‘unexpected failure’ of a water line valve.
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Boiling a pot of water.

AKRON, Ohio — A precautionary boil water alert was lifted early Thursday morning after city officials announced the precautionary measure Monday morning for portions of the University of Akron. The impacted buildings include:

  • Buckingham Building
  • College of Business Administration Building
  • Akron Engineering Research Center
  • Gas Turbine Building
  • Express building
  • Whitby Hall

"Water testing completed over the past 24 hours has confirmed the drinking water is safe," according to an updated press release from Akron officials. "Customers are no longer required to boil their drinking water."

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The boil advisory was initially issued due to the unexpected failure and inoperability of a 16" water line valve, which was discovered during planned work on the University campus, city officials said.

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