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Belmont County has new, quick way to distribute emergency drinking water

Belmont County Emergency Management Director Dave Ivan acquired donations from the oil and gas industry, funding the purchase of two water tanks -- one 1,250-gallon and 330-gallon tank, along with a pair of pumps and a trailer to haul the equipment, totaling around $5,000.

Belmont County Emergency Management Director Dave Ivan went before commissioners on Wednesday for an update on the county agency, where he told them he's implemented a resourceful tool.

As a result of Bellaire's 20-inch water main break in August 2016, Ivan knew the way the county supplies water in emergency situations had to change.

"We started requesting resources from the state of Ohio -- drinking water,” he said. “That resource took quite a while. I mean it was between 12-24 hours to get it there, and by the time we had everything show up, they were already in the process of buttoning up the line with repairs. It was like, we need to do something a little quicker here."

Ivan acquired donations from the oil and gas industry, funding the purchase of two water tanks -- one 1,250-gallon and 330-gallon tank, along with a pair of pumps and a trailer to haul the equipment, totaling around $5,000.

"It's one of those deals where we can have water there within 2 hours maximum," Ivan said.

The equipment has already been put to use with several smaller water line breaks and boil orders affecting the Belmont County Jail.

"It worked out perfect because with the smaller tank, I was able to load it on the back end of one of my trucks, get it filled and supply them for the weekend," he said.

Ivan believes the water tanks fill the gap in emergency distribution of clean drinking water.

"I have a funny feeling it won't be the last time we use it,” he said.



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