Weirton city officials announced this morning while some success has been seen in attempts to repair the city's main water line, a lot of work is still needed and the conservation and boil orders remain in place.
Crews worked throughout the night, according to officials and some residents have seen basic water service restored at lower elevations. It still could take several days before full service is available for all residents, however.
"We are asking residents to bear in mind that if you do have water restored, we have not got our system back to the point of having adequate storage and supply for all uses. It will be necessary for all water used for drinking and cooking purposes to be boiled and a boil order has been issued indefinitely," said City Manager Gary DuFour.
The city also has expanded the number of water distribution sites available for residents. Those sites now include the Fire Department Headquarters in Municipal Plaza, Gilson Avenue Fire Station, Marland Heights Fire Station, County Road Fire Station and Weir High School.
Neighboring communities, including Follansbee, Wellsburg and New Cumberland have offered assistance, according to city officials, as have ArcelorMittal Steel and Chesapeake Energy.
Residents of Weirton and those living in areas supplied by the Brooke County Public Service District and Oakland Public Service District that purchase water from the Weirton Area Water Board must boil all drinking water until further notice. Water should be boiled for at least one minute and allowed to cool before using. Water used for sanitary and hygiene purposes does not need to be boiled before using.
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