Boil advisory lifted in Xenia

originally posted on August 22, 2016


UPDATE @ 12:43 p.m (Aug. 22):

Xenia city officials said Monday a boil advisory over the weekend was a precaution after a water sample tested positive for E.coli.

Ed Quinlan, Xenia’s public service superintendent, says there have only been two boil advisories in Xenia the past 35 years.

Last Friday, traces of E.coli were found in a water sample taken from one of the city’s hundreds of test sites. Quinlan says something at the site was hooked up incorrectly, which caused the test water to back flow.

Quinlan says even though E.coli was found at the site, he doesn’t believe any bacteria made it into the city’s water system.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. (Aug. 20):

The water boil advisory in Xenia has been lifted.

UPDATE @ 7:26 p.m. (Aug. 19):

“Potential contaminants” found during standard testing means the boil advisory in Xenia will remain in effect until further notice, according to a statement issued from City Manager Brent Merriman’s office.

Water service users in the affected area are advised to boil their tap water before drinking. The affected area has been isolated:

All customers south and west of U.S. 35 and that includes the neighborhoods of New Arrowhead, Windsor Park, Reserve of Xenia, Sterling Green, Villages of Sterling Green and other surrounding areas.

“As part of standard precautionary testing, water quality concerns have been raised as a result of positive results for potential contaminants,” according to the statement.

According to the statement, the city will perform a series of tests during the advisory to confirm that the water meets regulatory drinking water standards. Water samples will be collected and tested within the affected area.

While the advisory is in effect, the city recommends that customers:

  • Throw away beverages and ice cubes if made with tap water
  • Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking
  • Avoid swallowing water while showering or bathing
  • Provide pets with water that has been boiled and cooled
  • Do not use filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water.
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

If you have questions, you may call the city’s joint dispatch center at 372-9901.


A boil advisory for the city of Xenia has been issued this afternoon.

About 5:10 p.m., a dispatcher with the Xenia Police Division confirms the advisory and callers are reporting that they’ve received automated phone calls announcing the advisory.

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