Boil-water advisory could last through the weekend

January 19, 2019
Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch Crews work to repair a large water leak in the alley of the 1200 block of Chestnut Street on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Kenova.

KENOVA - Following a major water leak in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street on Wednesday morning, Kenova Water System customers are still under a boil-water advisory that will likely last through the weekend, according to city officials.

The advisory covers customers in the city limits of Kenova, on Barger Hill, or any customers near those areas that experienced low or absent water pressure and now includes customers in the neighboring town of Ceredo.

According to a Wednesday release from the Kenova Police Department, there was a large water leak in the area of 12th and Chestnut streets. Crews worked nearly 30 hours to repair the leak and restore water service.

Kenova workers temporarily shut down water service to areas of the city Wednesday in order to make the necessary repairs and had all water service restored by Thursday evening.

Even though service has been restored, city officials are advising residents to not drink the water without boiling it first. A water sample has been sent for testing after the leak was repaired, but according to Kenova City Council members, the precautionary advisory could be in effect as late as next Wednesday, Jan. 23, as they wait for the test results to return after the holiday weekend.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

The city will advise customers when there is no longer a need to boil water prior to consumption.

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