UPDATE 2 p.m. Thursday– The “do not use” water order has been lifted for 1,800 customers in the Big Bottom, Bona Vista, Cemetery, Clover Hollow, Elk Two Mile and Valley Grove areas, bringing the total number of customers to 71,000.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia American Water Company has lifted the do-not-use water order for all but about 20,000 of its customers in parts of nine counties.
The company and testing teams reportedly made significant progress Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
The new zones cleared to begin flushing their water systems include:
–eastern Kanawha County (Riverside High School attendance area)
–all of Boone County, Culloden, Hamlin, Cross Lanes, Poca, Nitro and Dutch Hollow
–several smaller, isolated pressure zones including Brynwood-Elk River, Beacon Ridge, Brook Hill, Credemont, Crestwood,Milliken, Mile Fork, Coopers Creek, Jarrell Addition, Jenkins Hollow and Eagle View.
–the Mount Alpha and Lower Donnally areas of Charleston
The spill of an estimated 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, known as crude MCHM, occurred last Thursday from the Freedom Industries plant up the Elk River from WVAWC’s large Kanawha Valley Water Plant.