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Dye test to take place in Ohio River Friday

Staff WriterMay 24, 2019

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia American Water will conduct a dye test on an out-of-service intake pump at its 40th Street operations facility in Huntington on Friday, May 24.

According to the utility, this test will be conducted to provide information and data concerning necessary repairs to the intake, which has been out of service for many years. Customers will not experience an impact to their water service as a result of the test.

As part of the test, red dye will be introduced into the Ohio River and monitored by a dive team from Divers Unlimited. The test will occur in the proximity of the company’s 40th Street operations facility and may tint portions of the river red downstream of the facility. The utility says company officials have worked closely with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, ORSANCO and U.S. Coast Guard to ensure the dye poses no health risks and will not impact aquatic life or use of the river.

The test had been scheduled to occur earlier in the year but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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