Steubenville, Ohio — The City of Steubenville is a provider of water and sewer services to nearly 19,000 residents. Residents, businesses, and visitors all rely on the dedication of the men and women of the Steubenville Public Works Department to keep the area thriving through its utility services..
A 12-inch valve in the downtown area of Steubenville was leaking approximately 150-200 gallons of water per minute from its bonnet. The city attempted to isolate the leak with existing valves surrounding the area but were unsuccessful. The city then tried moving the isolation area out two city blocks in each direction from the source, affecting service to four city blocks which contain multiple businesses and restaurants.
By this point, the valve had been leaking for about a month, costing the city somewhere between 6.5 to 8.7 million gallons in water loss.
A 12-inch and 6-inch insertion valve were installed around the source of the leak and was successfully isolated.