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Weirton officials warn public not to use Greenbrier Road spring

WEIRTON — Officials are discouraging residents from drinking water from a naturally occurring spring in the city after they say recent tests show it could be unhealthy.

For years, residents have collected water from a spring located along the side of Greenbrier Road. During Tuesday’s meeting of Weirton Council; however, officials indicated there is some danger to using the water.

Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni reported recent tests on the water from the spring were returned with positive indicators for bacteria, fecal material and E. coli.

“It meets none of our state standards,” Mastrantoni said.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo said the test results show the water is unsafe for consumption, and urged residents to stop using the spring.

“It’s not safe to drink,” DiBartolomeo said.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, within whose ward the spring is located, asked if officials know of any property owner or anyone who might be responsible for the spring. He was told none currently are known.

Officials indicated there are limitations on what they can do to address the issue, at this time, except to warn residents.

“We can’t stop them from using it,” City Attorney Gurrera said, noting he does encourage the city to have a warning sign placed at the spring to inform residents.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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