CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Repairs are underway to the Cedar Grove water system, which supplies water to more than 700 customers in Cedar Grove, East Bank and Glasgow.
Cedar Grove Mayor Jim Hudnall said a combination of waterline breaks and excessive use of water from the self-contained Cedar Grove Water Works has led to pressure problems and left some customers in higher elevations without water.
"It's a gravity-fed system," Hudnall said.
Kanawha County Deputy Planning Director Colt Sandoro said repair crews were working to fix burst pipes and refill the system's five storage tanks on Friday.
He said the water plant recently increased production to keep up with demand following the water crisis that affected 300,000 families supplied by West Virginia American Water, but that the increased pressure caused a number of water leaks within the system, including an 18-inch water main.
The leaks and increased usage also depleted the system's water storage tanks, which dropped to dangerously low levels Friday morning.
Hudnall said Cedar Grove does not use water supplied by West Virginia American Water. He said many people were coming into the area to wash clothes and get water from the Cedar Grove plant.
Hudnall and Sandoro said repairs were expected to be completed soon and water service returned to normal.
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