Via The Charleston Gazette: Several zones given go-ahead to start flushing. Excerpt:
West Virginia American Water on Monday began lifting the "do-not-use" water advisory issued to 300,000 of its customers on Thursday.
Customers in downtown Charleston -- in areas bordered by the Elk River, the Kanawha River and the 35th St. Bridge -- were given the go-ahead on Monday afternoon to begin flushing their systems.
By late Monday afternoon, Kanawha City and some areas across the Kanawha River from the neighborhood were added. South Charleston residents were also told they could flush their pipes early Monday evening. Customers in North Charleston, the West Side and along Sissonville Drive were permitted to flush their pipes Monday night. The Edgewood area was added at 6 a.m. and the Southridge/Southside area was added at 7:28 a.m. on Tuesday.
As of early Tuesday, the advisory had been lifted for about 28,500 customers, according to the water company.
The do-not-use advisory remains in effect for customers in the rest of Kanawha County, as well as Putnam, Boone, Jackson, Lincoln, Roane, Logan and Clay counties. The Culloden area of Cabell County is also still under the advisory.
When areas are given the go-ahead, customers will be asked to flush their home plumbing systems, which will require at least 15 minutes of flushing faucets, state officials said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Hospitals in the Charleston area were OK'd to begin the flushing process at about 10 a.m. Monday morning.
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