W.Va. town restoring water service following diesel spill

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo, local residents brought empty containers and coolers to distribution centers across Kanawha County, W.Va. to fill with water after a Freedom Industries chemical spill in the Elk River contaminated the public water supply in nine counties. Lexycon, a company run by former Freedom Industries employees, has been cited eight times since August for environmental infractions. (AP Photo/Michael Switzer, File)

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill.

Media outlets report the state Bureau of Public Health notified the city around 7 p.m. Monday that it could restart its water treatment plant. Tests found no contamination at the city’s intakes along the Greenbrier River.

The city shut down the plant early Saturday to avoid contamination after a tanker truck overturned late Friday on West Virginia Route 92. The tanker spilled more than 3,900 gallons of diesel fuel into a creek.

Mayor John Manchester says low-lying areas could begin getting tap water Tuesday afternoon. It likely will take two days to restore service in higher elevations.

The system serves Lewisburg, Frankfurt, Ronceverte and Renick.

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