- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) - Vienna residents can put those water bottles away now that health officials have lifted a “do not drink” water advisory that had been in place in part of Wood County for nearly three months.

Wood County Health Department Director Drema Mace lifted the advisory on Tuesday at the Vienna Utility Board office, the News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reported (https://bit.ly/2bf8hML).

About 5,500 water customers in Vienna and Boaz had been drinking from water bottles since May 19, when Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp announced the city’s water wasn’t meeting federal guidelines.

A new filter plant went into use Saturday and had pumped 3.5 million gallons of water through the plant by Tuesday morning, Rapp said.

A recent test showed the pretreatment reading in Vienna went from 0.090 parts per billion to 0.0050 parts per billion.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but we can get out of the distribution of bottled water business now,” said Craig Metz, Vienna’s public works director.

Rapp thanked Parkersburg officials for helping supply Vienna residents with water. Vienna consumed more than a million bottles of water over 83 days, he said.

“Not only did Parkersburg step up with the water supply but Mayor (Jimmy) Colombo sent trailers to collect the bottles so we didn’t have to drop it in a landfill,” Rapp said. “I don’t think people realized the magnitude of this.”

Mace advised restaurants and homeowners to flush lines and change filters which have been used since the advisory was announced.

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), https://www.newsandsentinel.com

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