Niles shuts off water to businesses for failure to do tests



The city’s water superintendent briefly shut down water service to five prominent businesses last week and warned that more could face the same fate for failing to test their backflow devices.

Backflow is the unintentional reversal of flow in a potable water system that could contaminate drinking water.

Randy Fabrizio, water superintendent, said he ordered the shutoff following receipt of a report from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency noting that of 567 businesses and industry service connections in Niles, “only 265 of the customers had provided test results…which indicate that Niles’ backflow prevention program may be lacking.”

“We have to protect the public from cross contamination that would affect our water supply,” said Councilman Edward McCormick, D-4th,, chairman of council’s utilities committee.

Businesses and industries with service connections are required to have their devices that monitor backflow inspected and tested at least once a year, however the superintendent said the five — El Jalapeno restaurant, Aspen Dental, Great Clips, Burger King and McDermott Funeral Home — had not tested their devices in two years. Fabrizio said the EPA allows the city to exclude most residents from the inspection requirement. Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on

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