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LATEST: Do Not Use order lifted for remaining areas

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The "Do not use" order has been lifted for the last customer area in West Virginia American Water's Kanawha Valley district. Customers in the Clendenin area may begin flushing according to the established guidelines says West Virginia American Water officials.

Although the interactive map currently reflects that all areas have turned blue, customers should keep in mind that precautionary boil water advisories are in place for several smaller groups of customers throughout the district after water storage tanks were depleted following 
excessive flushing activities, according to information released by West Virginia American Water. 

For a list of boil water advisories currently in effect, click here.

For exact steps on how to flush your system when your zone goes blue click here.

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

 

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The "Do not use" order has been lifted for the Coal Fork, Pointlick and Campbells Creek areas.  This brings the total customers restored to about 74,000.

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The "Do Not Use" has been lifted for additional areas of Kanawha County, including the Elkview, Pinch, and Quick areas.  West Virginia American Water customers in those areas can now begin to flush their systems.  That brings the total number of customers to 73,600.

For exact steps on how to flush your system when your zone goes blue click here.

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

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According to West Virginia American Water, the "do not use" order has been lifted for 1,800 customers in the areas of Big Bottom, Bona Vista, Cemetery, Clover Hollow, Elk Two Mile and Valley Grove, bringing the total number of customers to 71,000.

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The "Do Not Use" has been lifted for 12,200 customers in Kanawha, Boone and Putnam Counties Thursday morning. This brings the total number of customers who can flush their system to 70,000. Thursday morning's lift includes customers in Culloden, Hamlin, Cross Lanes, Poca, Nitro and all Boone County customers.

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According to West Virginia American Water, the "do not use" water order has been lifted for the Mount Alpha and Lower Donnally areas of Charleston.

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According to West Virginia American Water, the "do not use" order has been lifted for several smaller, isolated pressure zones including Brynwood-Elk River, Beacon Ridge, Brook Hill, Credemont, Crestwood, Milliken, Mile Fork Coopers Creek, Jarrell Addition, Jenkins Hollow, Airport, Air National Guard and Eagle View. 

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According to West Virginia American Water, the "do not use" order has been lifted for southeastern parts of Kanawha County, which include Marmet, Belle, Chesapeake, Cabin Creek, Pratt and Paint Creek.

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West Virginia America Water just announced that the "do not use" order has been lifted for the Grandview and Allen's Route areas.

The order has now been lifter for about 51,600 customers.

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The Do Not Use Order has been lifted for areas in Sissonville Wednesday morning. Families living in the designated areas may start to flush plumbing.

West Virginia American water says with this release the order has been lifted for approximately 51,000 customers.

For exact steps on how to flush your system when your zone goes blue click here.

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

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The "do not use" order has been lifted for area of Kanawha and Putnam County. 

According to West Virginia American Water half of all customers now restored. Designated customers may start to flush plumbing.  Customers will receive automated calls in the a.m.

Again, the "do not use" water order has been lifted for areas in Kanawha and Putnam counties including parts of Dunbar, Nitro, Poca, Bancroft, Winfield, Buffalo and Staves Branch.

West Virginia American Water recommends reviewing their interactive maps to determine if your area's ban has been lifted. 

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

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The "do not use" water order has  been lifted for areas near Alum Creek and Upper Falls, according to West Virginia American Water. 

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

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The "do not use" water order has been lifted for the George Washington area around South Hills.

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

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The "do not use" water order has been lifted for the Southridge-Southside area. According to a release from West Virginia American Water, approximately 35,000 customers are now in a safe area.

This is the second area that has opened since 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

You can follow the links below to access the interactive map.

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

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The "do not use" water order has been lifted for the Edgewood area of Charleston. Monday, the first four areas were lifted, and the order has now been lifted for approximately 28,500 customers.

West Virginia American Water will continue to work on additional areas to open more water lines.

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After lifting the "do not use" order for 26,000 customers today, the system needs time to settle so operators can measure how it is reacting to the flushing activity, according to West Virginia American Water.

Therefore, the company will NOT lift any additional areas for the rest of the evening on Monday, Jan. 13. 

West Virginia American Water says they will provide additional updates on areas that will be lifted Tuesday morning.

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The "do not use" water order has been lifted for the North Charleston area, this includes 
customers in parts of North Charleston, West Side, Sissonville Drive and Big Chimney. Residents are now asked to begin the flushing process.

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Zone 3, which covers South Charleston, has been designated a blue zone. Residents are now asked to begin the flushing process.

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Gov. Tomblin has announced that Zone 2, which is mostly the Kanawha City area, is now a blue zone.  Residents are being asked to begin the flushing process.

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ORIGINAL:

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hosted another media briefing at noon Jan. 13 to announce the first zone in the affected area of "do not use" water order is ready to begin the flushing process.

According to Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, the flushing began Monday morning with area hospitals and the process will take hours to finish. 

The process wasn't announced as it started because McIntyre said it was important that water pressure be maintained during the entire process. The first zone to be lifted and take part in the flush extends from the Elk River to the 35th Street Bridge in downtown Charleston.

McIntyre also announced the interactive map showing the zones has gone live on the company's website. 

Click here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.

McIntyre warned that if a strict procedure isn't followed for flushing the system, the system could take even longer to clean. He said people in red zones shouldn't start flushing until their zone is given the go ahead.  West Virginia American Water said they will also post instructions on how to clean hot water tanks, ice makers and other appliances.

According to WV National Guard Gen. James Hoyer, since the beginning of the crisis 692 samples have been taken.  Of those samples, 264 were analyzed.  Gen. Hoyer says zones will still be released from the center outward.

WV DHHR Cabinet Secretary, Karen Bowling, said they are still working with local restaurants and business to help them open with alternative water source and with the flushing process.

Click here for the latest list of open restaurants.

The DEP Cabinet Secretary, Randy Huffman, says they are working with local PSD's to ensure the sewer system is not overloaded by the flushing process.

For exact steps on how to flush your system when your zone goes blue click here.