An advisory was issued for 300 customers in the Cross Lanes, Nitro Market Place and Nitro areas. The specific areas included New Goff Mountain Road, Greyhound Drive, Lakeview Drive, Nitro Boulevard, Prosperity Place, and included Nitro Market Place and Mardi Gras Casino and Resort.
Another boil-water advisory was issued for 1,000 customers in the Sissonville area. The specific streets included in the advisory were: 7600 block of Sissonville Drive (W.Va. 21) to Allens Fork Road; Haines Branch Road; Allens Fork Road; Poca River Road, from W.Va. 21 to Cicerone Star Route; Aarons Fork Road, from Cicerone Route to Flowers Hollow; and Whiteman's Fork.
WVAW discontinued its temporary hotline, set up to answer questions about the do-not-use advisory, Friday afternoon. The main customer-service line, 1-800-685-8660, remains open 24 hours a day, according to the company.
Kanawha County officials said they would keep water-distribution sites open through the weekend. Bulk water will be available Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Crossings Mall in Elkview, Riverside High School and the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department. Bottled water also will be available there and at the Nitro Police Department, the Marmet Recreation Center, on F Street next to Gestamp in South Charleston and at the Sissonville and Glasgow VFDs.
Jordan said WVAW will run tests until readings for the chemical that tainted the Elk River last week show zero parts per billion, a spokeswoman said.
The company has been testing every day for Crude MCHM at 1-part-per-million, a safe drinking standard set by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the initial response to the incident, federal officials indicated that "flushing the system" could "require a fairly prolonged time to complete [2-3 wks]," according to an incident summary dated Jan. 11 and posted on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website.
Jordan said late Friday that she previously had not seen that estimate and that it did not come from her company or "any of our interagency partners."
"There are a variety of factors that contribute to the amount of time it takes to fully flush water through the system, including water usage, human resources to carry out structured flushing, and even the amount of leaks," Jordan said.
Jordan said the company and state officials agreed that their goal was reaching water concentrations in all areas that are less than the CDC's emergency screening level of 1 part per million.
"We did not estimate a time frame," Jordan said. "Under the new CDC guidance that came out two days ago regarding pregnant women, we are and will continue this sampling and testing process until we can report that the chemical cannot be detected in the water anywhere in the system.
"This may take days or weeks."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., sent a letter to WVAW President Jeff McIntyre on Friday, asking for more information about the water company's testing procedures. Rockefeller said he is concerned about reports that levels of the chemical had risen in areas where the water previously had been declared safe and asked what steps the water company is taking to further protect the public from unsafe water.
Staff writer Rusty Marks and Ken Ward Jr. contributed to this report.
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