CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American Water Co. flushed the water tank at Yeager Airport Thursday night, leaving the airport without enough water to flush its toilets, Director Rick Atkinson said.
"That tank is there for firefighting at the airport," Atkinson said. "It's unacceptable for them to pull a stunt like that and they don't even have the courtesy to let us know.
"It's their tank," he said. "But they could have put peoples' lives in danger."
Atkinson said airport officials discovered the problem about 7 p.m.
"There is some water, but there's not much pressure," he said.
Atkinson said the airport has bottled water to supply customers, but fear there is not enough water pressure to flush toilets. Airport officials are calling the West Virginia National Guard to provide enough bottled water to dump down the toilets for flushing.
Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the tank at Yeager Airport was one of five water tanks scheduled Thursday to be completely drained as part of the flushing process to rid local water lines of the chemical MCHM. She said the tank would be refilled overnight.
"They're doing this at night to cause the least impact on customers," Jordan said. "I was told it wouldn't affect service."
Jordan said a valve that was supposed to increase the water pressure while the tank was being drained shut down, causing the pressure problem. The valve has since been reopened, she said.