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Update: Boil Water Advisory for All Parkersburg Utility Water Customers

By: Beth Lanning, Kim Lucey, Leslie Cebula Email
By: Beth Lanning, Kim Lucey, Leslie Cebula Email

All Parkersburg Utility Board Water System customers are under a boil water advisory Monday after a water main break Monday morning.

Officials say early this morning a 16 inch water main broke on East Street between the railroad underpass and Depot Street.

Officials believe the drastic change in temperatures caused the leak and the pipe's age could also be a factor.

The section was closed for repair and was reopened close to 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Water has since been restored, crews are flushing the distribution system, and samples have been collected to test for contamination.

Officials are awaiting test results for possible contamination and expect this to take 24 hours. As a precaution, the Utility Board is asking Parkersburg water customers to continue to boil their water until approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday.

If your water still looks dirty officials ask that you call the Utility Board at 304-424-8535.

Martha Lamp, public information officer for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said "So if you're going to be using it for drinking, making coffee, tea, infant formulas, preparing it for your pets for drinking water. Anything you're going to be using for consumption needs to be boiled."

This also includes boiling water for brushing your teeth, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, and home canning.

Lamp recommends bringing water to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

Then letting it cool on the counter or storing it in the refrigerator in covered containers.

If you can't boil your water, the MOV Health Department recommends buying bottled water, using water from a source that's not on a boil water notice, or if water is clear add about two drops of household bleach per gallon of water.

Parkersburg restaurants had to boil their water, come up with another source of water, and if they couldn't they could shut down for the time being.

Monday afternoon Kentucky Fried Chicken and Golden Corral on Murdoch Avenue were some of the restaurants closed as a precautionary measure because of the notice.

For more information log on to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Web site at http://www.movhd.com, call the Utility Board Office at 304-424-8535, or the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.


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