CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing State of Emergency in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties.
"More West Virginians have seen the DO NOT USE order lifted for their area and have been asked to begin the flushing process. More than one-third of the affected customers have had safe water restored. West Virginia American Water Company reports that samples taken at its treatment plant intake now show no presence of the chemical.
"The DO NOT USE order remains in place for other areas. I ask residents in these areas to be patient and refrain from beginning the flushing process. Please continue to check West Virginia American Water Company's map (http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html
) to find out if your area has been cleared for flushing. This information in also available by phone at 1-800-685-8660.
"The West Virginia National Guard will continue to provide bottled water to West Virginians in the affected counties. Please visit www.governor.wv.gov
to find a water distribution center near you or contact your local emergency management office.
"Getting our students back into safe and healthy classrooms is one of my top priorities. Reopening will be determined on a county-to-county basis and will require that specific protocols be met. The Department of Education is working with the local county emergency and health agencies, along with the National Guard, to ensure our schools are properly flushed and cleaned before students return to the classroom. Parents concerned about sending their child to school may contact their school principal.
"I'd also like to express my appreciation to the residents of the affected areas for their patience and understanding. I know this has been a difficult time for both residential and business communities. I ask you to continue to be patient-our team must have adequate time to ensure the safe and stable return of water service to affected areas."
Amy Shuler Goodwin