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5 NEWS UPDATE: Crews Fix Water System Leak in Shinnston, Officials Release Statement
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on June 13, 2014 @ 11:11AM
Created on June 13, 2014 @ 5:42PM

UPDATE (6/13):

Assistant City Manager Travis Blosser released the following statement: 
For the past several weeks Shinnston’s Public Works and Utilities Division has been searching for the source of an anomaly in our water supply system.  This problem has led to lower-than-average water levels.  Several possible causes have been investigated and eliminated as the source of the problem. 
Although water levels were below average, at no point was the water supply in any danger or what we would deem a “critical stage” that would threaten the supply of drinking water or necessitate the use of bottled water. 
From Wednesday into Thursday, this situation changed when we saw a significant decrease in the storage levels at the Gypsy water tanks.  At this time, given the decrease in water levels seen in a 24-hour period, it raised concerns as, had that level of loss continued, it would have become necessary to supply bottled water.  This is the point in time in which the situation changed from what was essentially a maintenance issue to the semi-crisis level we discussed in our press conference last evening.  It had become obvious that was believed to have been a leak had now grown significantly in scope.  At this point, the Public Works and Utilities Division, led by Dusty Watson, dedicated all available manpower to trying to locate the leak and enlisted help of outside agencies, namely the city of Fairmont, in order to utilize additional manpower and technology. 
At about 6:30 Thursday evening our crews found what was a sizeable leak on the embankment of Shinn’s Run Stream in downtown Shinnston which was dumping water into the stream. Our crew was able to fix that leak at about 11:30 Thursday night.
The storage tanks are gaining and have made significant gains overnight and into this morning. 
At this point we intend to keep the conserve water notice in effect until those tanks get back to about 70% of our storage capacity. 
We anticipate lifting the notice soon – potentially within 24 hours. 
 I appreciate the support throughout this issue and applaud our workers and the staff of our Public Works and Utilities Division.  I also want to thank the City of Fairmont Utilities for the assistance they were able to lend in the process of hopefully bringing this problem to an end.

UPDATE (6/13):

Officials in Shinnston are hoping to lift a conserve water notice within the next 24 hours.

Residents have been asked to conserve their water after a leak was found in the water system.

Officials found the source of the leak Thursday evening, and said crews fixed it at around 11:30 Thursday night.


UPDATE: Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Shinnston officials said during a press conference Thursday that there is a leak somewhere in the water system but they aren't able to pinpoint it. The problem has been going on for about a month and now they're calling it an urgent situation and operating in a semi-crisis mode.

5,000 customers are affected by this shortage. All of them are urged to conserve as much water as possible. The water is still safe to use and drink.

While the Shinnston Fire Department is working to bring more tankers in, they do have enough water to fight a fire in case of emergency.

The Harrison County Power Plant is operating in shut down mode.

Shinnston is taking every step possible to fix the problem. They had the USDA on site to look at the situation. It was determined that more steps need taken to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Shinnston has called in the City of Fairmont and the Governor's Office for assistance.

Customers are urged to text the phrase "Shinnston WV" to the number 88777, if they want text alerts about the situation. You can also call the City Manager's Office at 304-592-2126. If you have any questions, you can also check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

ORIGINAL: Thursday, June 12 5:30 p.m.

A press conference will be held in Shinnston at 6 p.m. to discuss the ongoing water shortage situation and the water conservation notice that was issued.

This is an urgent situation.

The fire department is ordering extra tankers in case of an emergency. The situation is also causing a water shortage in the Worthington area.

Here is the original conservation notice:

The City of Shinnston has issued a water conservation notice. All water customers served by the Shinnston Water Plant are advised to minimize their water usage until further notice. You are asked to use only as much water as is necessary for your daily routine, including cooking, showering, etc.

This is a result of ongoing issues relating to the water distribution system. Public Works and Utilities is working closely with other agencies to try to locate the cause of the water shortage.

Worthington has issued a conserve water notice for the following areas until further notice:

  • Worthington
  • Swisher Hill
  • Everson
  • Helen's Run
  • Bingamon

This is a result of ongoing issues relating to the water distribution system. Public Works and Utilities is working closely with other agencies to try to locate the cause of the water shortage.

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