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First Residents Begin Flushing Systems

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 12:34 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – Eyewitness News stopped by homes in the East End and in Kanawha City to see if anyone had trouble once their water was flowing once again. We found a strange blue goo in one home and sediment in the cold water in another home.

Overall, though, most people told us the transition back on, was a smooth one.

The sound of running water was something Brad McCormick has not heard in nearly a week in his kitchen sink.

"Cold water had more of a color,” he said. “Hot water had more of a smell,"

First, he said, he ran his hot water.

“There was a bit of an odor to it," he said.

Then, he ran his cold water for five minutes as instructed. Like most people in the area, his dishes have piled up. He flushed extensively before washing them.

"The cold water was the one that actually had some brown water to it,” McCormick said. “A little bit of discoloration, we did longer than the five minutes."

McCormick already had 40 gallons of water and supplies stored in his basement, so he told us felt pretty solid when the crisis hit. He had plenty of water for his wife, kids and dog. And even though they can cook again, they're happy to eat out, to give restaurants back some of the business they lost.

"We're gonna go frequently, and tip them decent," he said.

Eamon Hardiman followed all the steps to flush his pipes.

"Kept doing it over and over and over again and the water just kept coming up blue," she said.

But then it left a gritty paste in his bathtub.

"I wound up flushing for hours and it's still blue, still kept coming-up blue," Hardiman said. "Basically there's so much of this stuff we've collected, in bottles here, and it just sticks to the side of the bottle. I'd love to take a shower, that's what I've been waiting to do this whole time. This water's clearly unsafe, I don't want to drink it, I don't want to bathe in it."

Hardiman called the water company and they told him not to use it for anything until it runs through free and clear of any color or sediment.

Chances are, he’s not alone. There are still plenty of zones left, but, in only 48 hours, things have been moving pretty swiftly. Officials are asking everyone to be patient, They said we will all have clean water, but it could be a couple days to several days for everyone to have their water on.



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