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Parkersburg Utility Board issues boil advisory for customers north of Little Kanawha River

PARKERSBURG — A boil water advisory issued Thursday by the Parkersburg Utility Board for all customers north of the Little Kanawha River probably won’t be lifted until sometime this evening, a PUB official said.

The PUB reported, in a news release, a problem occurred causing reduced pressure in the distribution system and discoloration in the water.

Water samples have been collected and delivered to a laboratory for testing, the PUB official said. It normally takes about 20 hours to get the lab tests returned, he said.

The official expected it would probably be 6 or 7 p.m. today before test results are known and residents can then be notified that the boil water advisory has been lifted.

The utility board said Thursday it is working to fix a problem, which occurred due to the malfunction of a relief valve at the water treatment plant that resulted in reduced pressure in higher elevations and a reversal of flow in the system. That resulted in mineral deposits, which led to discolored water.

Crews are flushing the system as they work to fix the problem, the PUB said. The order is in effect until further notice.

In the meantime, officials said customers should use bottled water or boil water for one minute and then let it cool before using it. The utility board advises using bottled or boiled water when drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing or any other use.

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