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'Do-not-drink' order lifted for Buffalo areas

By Staff reports

The "do-not-drink" order has been lifted for Buffalo, Frazier's Bottom and Pliny, after a previously issued "do-not-use" order had been lifted and then rescinded two days later.

The area had been cleared to use water between Tuesday afternoon and late Thursday, but that order was rescinded Friday morning after a fire hydrant in Buffalo tested above the 1 part per million level of "Crude MCHM," the coal-processing chemical that leaked into the Elk River last week.

A press release from West Virginia American Water Company says that all 11 samples taken on Friday indicated a "no detect" level in parts per million. A "no detect" level is not necessarily the same thing as a 0 parts per million level.

The press release says that water company crews conducted additional flushing in the area on Friday. The company said they will continue to test the system.


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