Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health
(BPH) is announcing the City of Kenova has reopened their water intake on
the Big Sandy River following acceptable raw water sampling. Currently,
the City of Kenova is issuing a Boil Water Advisory to its 3,777
customers. It is expected the Boil Water Advisory will stay in
effect until pressure has been restored in all lines and water test results for
bacterial testing is completed.
Meanwhile, raw water testing will continue in the
river until such time that the submerged towing vessel has been removed by the
salvage company as directed by the Coast Guard. It
may take some time for all service areas to be restored. Bottled water
remains available at distribution points in Kenova in which the city is
facilitating for residents in need.
continue to monitor the situation with the West Virginia Department of
Environmental Protection and other state agencies, while coordinating with the
City of Kenova.