WEIRTON - Although the city of Weirton has turned a corner in the ongoing water crisis, officials are keeping a conservation and boil order in place for city residents and businesses until the water system can be resupplied.
During a press conference Sunday morning, officials announced repairs to a line break near the city's water treatment plant have been holding.
Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni explained the pressure in the water system is back within the normal range, flowing at approximately 1,854 gallons per minute with 124 pounds per square inch. However, with a 9 million gallon water system, he said it will still take time for everything to get back to normal levels for regular usage.
Weirton officials update residents on water crisis
"It's going to take a protracted amount of time," Mastrantoni said.
In the meantime, officials are keeping conservation and boil orders in place and are asking residents to keep a close eye on their water usage.
"Please do not use water for superfluous reasons," City Manager Gary DuFour said.
WATER UPDATE — City officials announced Sunday efforts to repair a broken water line have been successful, although a conservation and boil order will remain in place while crews work to restock the water system. From left are, Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni, Weirton Fire Capt. Bob Hinchee, City Manager Gary DuFour and City Attorney Vince Gurerra. -- Craig Howell
DuFour also explained officials are asking for businesses who utilize large amounts of water to remain closed for the time being.
According to Mastrantoni, even though the patch has been holding, it could still take several days before a base level of water operation is achieved in the city and possibly even two weeks before all customers see full service available.
DuFour commended the city employees for their work to repair the line break and help residents in need of assistance.
He also thanked the residents of Weirton for their patience and willingness to help each other during the water crisis.
Five water distribution sites remain in the city, with residents able to go to Fire Department Headquarters, Gilson Avenue Fire Station, Marland Heights Fire Station, County Road Fire Station and Weir High School. Residents are advised to bring their own containers
The problems first arose at 2 a.m. Thursday when the main line supplying water to the city broke near the Weirton water treatment plant. While work to make repairs took place, the city's water system was emptied.
The break was repaired at 11 p.m. Friday.
Officials say those residents with water are advised to boil the water if it is being used for cooking or drinking. This includes all areas of Weirton, as well as portions of Brooke and Hancock counties serviced by the Weirton Water Department. A copy of the boil order can be found online at www.cityofweirton.com.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)