We’re down to nine.
Director of Public Service and Safety Bill Rains told City Council on Monday that the number of residences receiving water from their neighbors through the use of hoses had been reduced to nine.
That was from a high of about 30 reported last week.
Rains told councilors that after the article ran in the Wapakoneta Daily News, he received a call from the Environmental Protection Agency on the matter.
The EPA had previously told the City of Delphos that the use of garden hoses was not an acceptable solution.
Rains said the issue was one of proper notification to residents.
“In all of the cases, someone in the household was notified that their water was being taken,” Rains said. “We also notified the recipients that the water was not potable (suitable for drinking) and required boiling before drinking.”
As a result, Rains said, the EPA was pleased with the city’s efforts.
With the success of the program, At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber asked Rains how the reduction in hosing was accomplished.
“They thawed,” Rains said. “One way or another, the pipes thawed and we were able to remove the hoses.”
Rains explained for a previous article that the homeowners supplying the water do not have to pay for their water bill during the time period they are supplying water to their neighbors.
“The supplier of the water, the homeowner that supplies the hose, is forgiven the water bill for the time that it’s hooked up,” Rains said.
Rains said the program will continue until the water lines to the remaining nine homes are working again.