FORT GAY, W.Va. — Operators of a municipal water system in Wayne County have advised customers to stop using their water for the time being.
The Fort Gay Water System put out a notice mid-morning Monday advising users to stop using their water for any purpose until further notice.
“We believe there is the potential for contamination. So we’ve issued this order out of an abundance of caution,” said Larry Seagraves, operator of the town’s water treatment plant.
EMD warehouse staffers load water to deliver to Fort Gay in Wayne County. Upon arrival, water will be distributed at the Fort Gay Town Hall.
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The order read:
“Conditions indicate there is a high probability that your water is contaminated. Testing has not occurred to confirm or deny the presence of contamination in your water.”
Seagraves would not elaborate on how they learned of the potential contamination or what may have been the cause. However, the advisory indicated, “…possible contamination by petroleum products.”
The town’s treatment plant is shutdown and testing is underway.