City of Philippi issues boil water alert

The city of Philippi has issued a boil water alert for customers on Main Street from the intersection of Wolfe Street to the end of Bosworth Street until further notice.

The advisory states that there is a high probability that water in that area is contaminated after contractors drilled into a water line near the Barbour County Bank and a nearby church. As of about 1 p.m., workers were reportedly digging to fix the break in the line. Several hours of work are anticipated for the repair to be completed.

Customers are advised to bring all water to a boil, and allow it to boil for one minute then cool before being used. Customers also can use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water are recommended for drinking, ice-making, brushing teeth, cleaning dishes, bathing and preparing food. Boiling water kills the bacteria and other organisms that may have contaminated the water.

Customers may also receive general guidelines to from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 about reducing health risks. For more information about the advisory, contact William Knight at 304-677-1346.