CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All residents who receive a bill from the Lincoln PSD can now use tap water, after the district opened its water line from the Coal River to its customers who typically receive West Virginia American Water.
The connection affects customers in Griffithsville, Yawkey, Sweetland and the area from W.Va. 3 to Snowden Drive. Those customers were previously under the "do not use" ban.
"We are going to be able to add 700 customers with drinking water that can be used," said Ron Gregory, the chairman of the Lincoln PSD board. "We have absolutely zero reason to believe there is contaminant in anybody's water in that area."
The Lincoln PSD system draws from the Coal River, and forms an arc from its plant on the Coal River to W.Va. 34 at Hamlin. However, only about half of that arc is served by Coal River water. The rest is connected to the West Virginia American Water system.
"We buy the water from them," said Lincoln County Commission President K.K. Matthews. "This is just temporary."
After the West Virginia American Water became contaminated Thursday night, Lincoln County officials began working to see if the Lincoln PSD's Coal River plant could service the whole system. Turns out, it could.
Lincoln PSD workers shut off the West Virginia American Water connection at W.Va. 34 and began flushing West Virginia American Water out of the system, pushing it out with clean Lincoln PSD water.
"It took two to three days of hard work by our staff," Gregory said of the entire process.