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Vienna Back on Own Water System After Filters Installed

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VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) – The city of Vienna is back on its own water system and no longer has to rely on Parkersburg’s help.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Parkersburg Mayor Jimmy Colombo on Tuesday morning turned the valve shutting off the water from Parkersburg to Vienna after almost six months of use.

The water lines had been connected after West Virginia officials issued a “Do Not Drink” advisory in May due to a new limit for the chemical C8 present in Wood County’s drinking water. C8 levels in the Vienna’s water source were slightly above the new limit and carbon filters had to be installed in Vienna’s water treatment plant.

A study has linked C8 to diseases such as kidney cancer.