Lorain water plant back up and running following fire

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 10:47 PM EDT

Wellington, Ohio (WOIO) - A Lorain County water filtration is back online after a fire broke out at the plant Monday night, according to the Wellington Water Depatment.

Mark Rosemark spokesperson for the Wellington water department said power was restored to the plant as of 4:49 this afternoon, and they are currently treating water for the Village. He said they never lost pressure to the distribution system and there has been no water quality issue to concern our residents.

The plant is located at 23687 Pitts Road.

Water filtration plant fire
Water filtration plant fire(woio)

Fire Chief said the fire left behind massive damage and a draining issue for the town, to its water supply.

“We’ve used quite a bit of the water that’s in the towers and we’ve just switched over to tanker operations,” The fire Chief said.

The Fire Chief said the control room was damaged in the flames. He said that room is responsible for purifying the water supply.

Mark Rosemark is with the town’s water department. He shared the good news is there should be no problems in getting residents quality water, thanks to the help of the Lorain County Rural Water Authority.

As far as how long as it could be until the town can supply the same amount of water on their own, he said that could be days.

“I believe the number is in the range of 400 gallons per minute, normally we would be operating in the range of 600 to 700 gallons per minute” Rosemark said.

The Village of Wellington said portions of their plant, the testing lab, and office complex need to be replaced.

In the meantime, if you live in Wellington, you’re being asked to curtail their water usage.

“Inch by inch we are getting towards the point where we can provide water from the plant” Rosemark said.

There are no injuries to report.