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Water Works to close valves as contaminated water nears

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The contaminated water from the West Virginia chemical spill is making its way towards the Tri-State.  The Elk River feeds into the Kanawha River which then feeds into the Ohio River.  Its expected to reach us by Tuesday night.

To avoid any potential problems and ensure the safety of the drinking water, Cincinnati is shutting off intake valves along the Ohio River.

Tony Parrott of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, said, We expect that the spill will be through this area in less than 24 hours.  And thats good news for us because we have 60 hours of capacity in our systems.  In addition to that, we have supplemental supply from our Bolton water facility, which is an underground facility.

Mayor John Cranley says the valves will be closed for at least 40 hours while the chemicals pass.  Water works does not think any type of water conservation notices will need to be issued.

The Northern Kentucky Water District is monitoring the spill and may shut intake valves as well.  That decision will be made Tuesday.




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