Connection Nears Completion

Crews have been working around the clock to complete a connection between Parkersburg and Vienna water in light of the EPA’s new health advisory on C8 or perfluorooctaonic acid.

While Parkersburg’s water has measurable quantities of the industrial solvent, the most recent sampling, which was done last September, indicated that with the most polluted well out of service the city of Parkersburg’s water was less polluted than Vienna’s.

The connection is a temporary measure to allow Vienna consumers south of 23rd Street to use Parkersburg water over the next couple of months while carbon filtration is installed to reduce the levels of the contaminant in Vienna water.

Vienna restaurants have posted what food is prepared with Vienna water in keeping with health department requirements. Bottled water is available for consumers at four checkpoints: Grand Central Mall, the John Mansville property on River Road, the Vienna Utility Board garage and Family Carpet in Boaz.

The connection between Parkersburg and Vienna is expected to be completed today. Water lines will be flushed once the work is completed.

About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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