KENOVA, W.Va. — The water intake on the Big Sandy River was reopened Saturday evening at Kenova, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced.

The city closed the intake Thursday, a day after a towboat sunk up river. The boat was leaking oil.

Raw water from the intake was sampled and came back at acceptable levels, the DHHR said.

The city has issued a boil water advisory for its 3,800 customers. It’s expected to take some time before all pressure is restored.

Water testing will continue until the sunken boat is removed.

The state Bureau of Public Health and state Department of Environmental Protection are among the agencies working with the City of Kenova.

Bottled water remains available.


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