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Elkins investigating water odor concerns

November 8, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Anyone with water service from the city of Elkins may have noticed their water smelling a little odd Wednesday, officials said.

Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said the problem arose Tuesday with a faint odor of diesel in the water.

"We don't know what caused the odor," Pingley said Wednesday. "The water was safe to drink, but the odor is lingering."

Pingley said the city is flushing lines to try to correct the odor problem, and there is no need to worry about drinking the water.

"There is no cause for alarm," he said. "Folks were just getting the odor. There was no chemicals in the water."

Pingley said he hasn't seen a problem like this before during his time with the city. However, he said he believes the issue was caused by melting snow and the reduced flow of the Tygart Valley River.

"If the water is ever unsafe to drink, we will issue a boil-water advisory," Pingley said. "There is no way to pinpoint what is causing the odor because of the minute amount of it."

The city provides a drinking water bulletin board for residents to call about water advisories issued at 304-637-3582.



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