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Water supply concerns residents

By Staff | Jul 3, 2012

With no electrical power in several parts of the surrounding area, the water supply has become an issue of concern.

In Sistersville, the water supply was at full capacity by 6:30 p.m. Monday evening. Bulk water is available to those who want to haul water or fill containers.

The City of Sistersville is in the process of getting a generator operational in case of a further emergency.

As of Monday, Paden City has a plentiful supply of water and their bulk water station is operational, although a conservation order is in effect.

A boil advisory was cancelled for Paden City late Sunday evening.

According to Paden City Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins, the city has designated an area on the river side of the road near the west side of the sewage plant for residents to dump tree limbs. Hopkins noted that a chipper would be brought in at a later date to dispose of the brush.

In St. Marys, there is no boil advisory on for the city. Water is plentiful but a conservation order is on. Route 16, Mt. Carmel and other rural areas do not have water, but a generator is being brought in for Mt. Carmel and rural areas and should be here today/tomorrow. When water comes back on for outlying areas and Rt. 16 customers, a boil advisory most likely will be issued. The bulk water facility in St. Marys is operating and anyone wishing to haul water or fill containers can get water at the station.

According to Robert Patterson, general manager of the Tyler County PSD, residents served by the district’s service lines have enough water to last approximately two days under the current conditions.

“The majority of our tanks are half full at this time,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the tanks in the Bens Run area, which provide water service to the Industrial Park, are operating at full capacity.

Patterson reported the Office of Emergency Management is in the process of locating a generator to be used at the Davenport facility should the power outage persist, although he’s hopeful service will be restored soon. “I spoke with a representative from FirstEnergy, and he said that water and sewer facilities are a priority after healthcare facilities.”