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UPDATE: Boil water advisories in areas of Fayette, Raleigh; NOT related to spill

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OAK HILL (WVVA) - Boil water advisories have been issued several area communities due to low tank levels and/or broken pipes. These advisories are unrelated to the 'do not use' order issued in nine West Virginia counties due to a chemical leak.

Following are the releases received by WVVA News.

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Several Fayette County communities, West Virginia American Water:

OAK HILL (NEWS RELEASE) – West Virginia American Water has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for customers on in Ansted, Victor, Hico, Mossy, Dotham, Gatewood and Lookout.  The advisory follows the extremely cold weather in the region which caused a series of water main breaks.  These breaks caused water storage tanks to drain. WV American crews are working to repair these leaks as quickly as possible. Customers will be notified via media.

Once service is restored, affected customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Customers are asked to bring water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, showering and brushing teeth to a full boil for a minimum of one minute, then cool before use.

West Virginia American Water also recommends the following steps:
·        Throw away beverages and ice cubes if made with tap water;
·        Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
·        Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
·        Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
·        Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

Once the system recovers, West Virginia American Water will be collecting additional water quality samples in the area of the outage. For more information, contact West Virginia American Water's customer service center at 1-800-685-8660.

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Multiple streets in Beckley, Beckley Water Company:

Beckley Water Company has issued a precautionary boil water advisory effective immediately for Ewart Ave., Beech Ave., Lundy Lane, Millron Ave. and all side streets This notice is being issued due to a broken main line.

CONDITIONS INDICATE THERE IS A CHANCE THE WATER MAY BE CONTAMINATED. WATER QUALITY TESTING HAS NOT OCCURRED TO CONFIRM OR DENY THE PRESENCE OF CONTAMINATION IN YOUR WATER.

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING FIRST.

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

What happened? What is being done?

Beckley Water crews are working to reestablish normal conditions and we will inform our customers when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the issue as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact Beckley Water Company customer service at 304-255-5121 or 304-763-2691. General guidelines on ways to lessen the health risk are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by BECKLEY WATER COMPANY.

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Sycamore, Raleigh County PSD:

On January 9, 2014, a water problem occurred at Sycamore causing possible contamination of your water. The areas that are affected are as follows: _X_ Entire Water System or ___ Other

CONDITIONS INDICATE THERE IS A HIGH PROBABILITY THAT YOUR WATER IS CONTAMINATED. TESTING HAS NOT YET OCCURRED TO CONFIRM OR DENY THE PRESENCE OF CONTAMINATION IN YOUR WATER.

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water.

What happened? Low tank level. What is being done? Looking for leaks and customers letting water run.

We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 24 hours.

For more information, please contact our office at 304-683-4090. General guidelines on ways to lessen the health risk are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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State Water System ID#: 330-4136 Date Distributed: January 9, 2014

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