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PUB to flush hydrants this weekend

From staff reports

PARKERSBUG — The Parkersburg Utility Board, Water Division, will begin flushing water lines in the city and surrounding service areas at 10 p.m. Friday.

Flushing removes buildups of iron and manganese oxide from lines, allows workers to inspect the operation of fire hydrants and helps maintain the quality of water provided to customers, PUB Manager Eric Bennett said.

Some residents may experience a temporary discoloration of their water while the work is taking place. It’s recommended that laundry not be done while water lines are being flushed in an area. Laundry that becomes stained should not be dried but rewashed with a product formulated for iron stain removal.

Customers experiencing discolored water are advised to turn on their cold water and allow it to run until the water clears. Hot water should not be used until a person is satisfied the water is running clear.

Flushing will start at 10 p.m. Friday and continue around the clock until the work is completed, around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Flushing will begin on 19th Street and move northward on Dudley Avenue and westerly to the Ohio River. A second crew will begin flushing simultaneously on 19th Street, moving east of Dudley Avenue and south toward the Little Kanawha River.

By 11 a.m. Saturday morning, relief crews should start in the area of City Park and move across the Little Kanawha River to south Parkersburg. Work will continue moving south toward Pettyville.

Questions can be directed to 304-424-8535.

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