CHARLESTON, W.VA.--The Bridge Road Neighborhood Association said Monday that restaurants in that portion of South Hills have switched to using bottled water for food preparation.
Over the weekend, the association asked restaurant owners and managers if they were using bottled water in light of the recent water crisis. The association released the responses Monday morning.
The Wheelhouse, Sarah's Bakery, Lola's, Husson's Pizza and South Hills Market & Cafe all reported using bottled water for food preparation and to provide drinks.
Lola's is using disposable plates, silverware and cups in order to bypass dishwashing in tap water. Husson's Pizza said it is also using bottled water for vegetable washing.
Bridge Road Bistro manager Sandy Call said the restaurant is serving bottled and canned water to guests and cooking and preparing food with distilled water.
"Basically anything ingested we use water from Tyler Mountain," which is shipped from Pennsylvania, Call said. "We have chosen to not serve coffee or iced tea at this time."
Restaurants did not provide a timeline for when they might change procedures.
"I plan on using bottled water at The Wheelhouse until I feel that it is safe," Wheelhouse owner Tina VanBibber said. "As soon as my family and I decide to drink this water is when I will serve it to my customers."
"We are going to continue until the levels of the chemical are non-detectable," said Anne Arbaugh of South Hills Market & Cafe.
Lola's has stopped using its fountain machines indefinitely. It advised customers to check its Facebook page for further updates.