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Water advisory in effect for parts of the I-75 corridor until 8 p.m. Wednesday

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Bill Rinehart
Greater Cincinnati Water Works trucks on Central Parkway Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, following a water main break in the area.
Updated: December 8, 2022 at 10:16 AM EST
From Greater Cincinnati Water Works: A boil water advisory that was in effect for an area along the I-75 corridor near downtown Cincinnati has been lifted. The advisory was a precautionary measure taken after an underground water main break occurred Tuesday near Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine. Testing conducted by Greater Cincinnati Water Works revealed the water is free of contaminants and safe to drink.

A water main break near Central Parkway on Tuesday has Greater Cincinnati Water Works advising customers along a swath of I-75 to boil their water before using it.

The advisory is in effect for a section of the city near the I-75 corridor and will remain in effect until Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. It includes the following boundaries:

  • North Boundary – Interstate 74
  • South Boundary – Mehring Way/River Road
  • East Boundary – Central Parkway/Plum Street
  • West Boundary – State Street/Beekman Street

According to GCWW, affected communities include:

  • West End
  • Camp Washington
  • Lower Price Hill
  • South Fairmont
  • North Fairmont
  • South Cumminsville
  • Millvale
  • Over-the-Rhine
  • Queensgate
GCWW, Google
A Google map of the area affected by the boil water advisory.

The city says the advisory is precautionary.

What to do if you live or work in a water advisory area

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends taking the following steps to make sure your water is drinkable and to reduce possible lead exposure:

  • If water has not been used for several hours, run the tap until it is noticeably cooler.
  • Let the water run through all taps for at least three minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.
  • Use cold water for cooking, drinking and preparing baby formula.
  • Boiling water will not reduce lead, but it will kill germs that could make you sick.
  • Clean or replace your faucet filter/aerator regularly.
Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio in markets including Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.
Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU, having served in various digital roles for such legacy publications as InStyle and Parade, as well as start-ups like Levo League and iVillage. She helped these outlets earn several awards, including MIN's 2015 Digital Team of the Year. She graduated from Rutgers University with a journalism major and English minor and has continued her education with professional development classes through the Poynter Institute, Columbia University and PMJA. Before moving to Cincinnati from New York in 2016, she vowed her son would always call it "soda" and not "pop." She has so far been successful in this endeavor.