|GOV. JUSTICE DIRECTS OFFICIALS TO FIND LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR CITY OF GARY WATER SYSTEM
Gov. Justice took time out of his briefing to announce that, as of early Wednesday morning, the City of Gary’s water system had been fixed and water service had been restored.
However, the Governor added that the city is still under a boil water advisory for seven days.
Residents can obtain drinking water at Gary City Hall and Rock Hill Baptist Church in Gary.
On Tuesday, at the direction of Gov. Justice, State officials replenished the water supply in Gary, delivering thousands more gallons of drinking water – including a 5,500-gallon water tanker from the West Virginia Division of Highways, 500 gallons stored in water trailers from the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and three pallets, stacked with additional cases of water – to ensure that all residents impacted by the ongoing issue have access to all the clean water they need.
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However, Gov. Justice said that, under his watch, the State’s efforts to assist the City of Gary are far from over.
“I’ve dispatched engineers and additional engineers, and additional staff members from the West Virginia Water Development Authority and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to meet with the City of Gary, the mayor, and other leaders to come up with a long-term solution to this problem beyond just delivering water,” Gov. Justice said Wednesday.
The outage began when the main pump serving the City of Gary water system abruptly stopped working last week, leaving approximately 500 customers without water service. Engineers who evaluated the system determined that the pump was beyond repair and that a new, custom-made pump would need to be purchased and installed because the backup pumps were also not working.
Upon learning of the urgent situation last week, Gov. Justice immediately took action, ordering the West Virginia National Guard and the West Virginia Emergency Management Division to provide all necessary resources to the City of Gary. Acting upon this order, WVEMD ordered an M149 water trailer from the WVNG. The WVNG delivered the trailer, containing 400 gallons of potable water, to Gary City Hall.