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 River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent 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. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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