UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted for Ravencliff-McGraws-Saulsville PSD

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RAVENCLIFF, WV (WVNS) — Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 6:30 p.m. UPDATE: A boil water advisory spanning weeks for a Wyoming County service district was lifted.

Wyoming County 911 Center Director, Dean Meadows, confirmed to 59 News the advisory affecting the Ravencliff-McGraws-Saulsville PSD is lifted.

County Commission President Jason Mullins said a majority of the people living in the county will be able to drink from the tap again.

“We’ve got several businesses, several schools, and also a nursing home that’s on that system. With those working at those places and those staying at the nursing home, it’s going to make their life easier now that they can use water straight out of the tap,” Mullins said.

The boil water advisory was originally issued due to a turbidity problem from a stream, which is used as the district’s temporary water source. Mullins said administrators are in search of a permanent source to use in the future.


RAVENCLIFF, WV (WVNS) — Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m. UPDATE: More than 1,000 people are still under a boil water advisory in the Ravencliff-McGraws-Saulsville PSD.

However, Dean Meadows, Wyoming County Emergency Services Director, told 59 News he is hopeful that advisory will be lifted sometime next week.

The PSD is currently using a stream as a temporary source to get water. As a result, the turbidity in the water is in question. Meadows said once they resolve those issues, they can lift the advisory.

“The fact that we’re using the surface water, we have to get the turbidity meters calibrated because the plant is made for underground water. But this assures that we’ve got the surface water and there will not be an issue and everything will work fine with that. Right now, all of our tanks are in good shape, our emergency source is working well, but we want to get a permanent source as soon as possible,” Meadows said.


RAVENCLIFF, WV (WVNS) — Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 9 p.m. UPDATE: The City of Pineville approved the plan to temporarily provide water to the Ravencliff-McGraws-Saulsville PSD. The city will keep water tanks full while engineers work to find a permanent solution.

Dean Meadows, the Wyoming County Emergency Services Director, said engineers found the problem with the well.

“We feel like somewhere underground our source has been compromised. There’s plenty of water still there, but it flowing to the well has been compromised, so we’ve got to work towards possibly drilling a new well or finding some way to free this water,” Meadows explained.


RAVENCLIFF, WV (WVNS) —Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 2 p.m. UPDATE: A meeting was held at the Wyoming County 911 Center to reach a temporary solution for water problems in the Ravencliff/Glen Fork area. The Public Service District is now filling the tanks with an alternate water source.

According to a release, there is a plan in place to have Pineville supply water as a temporary solution. A preliminary report is expected to be available on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

Engineers stated the cause of the problem has still not been discovered. The City of Pineville will have to approve the plan to provide water before is can be implemented.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Ravencliff-McGraws-Saulsville Public Service District issued a mandatory water conservation for people living in that area.

Officials are not quite sure what is causing the shortage, but Chairman of the RMS PSD Board, Gene Reid, said it has nothing to do with the pipe system, as they have recently been fixed.

“The issue, right now, is not a broken line or anything like that, we’re in good shape there,” Reid said. “We’ve fixed a lot of those recently. When something like this happens, it’s out of everybody’s control.”

The RMS PSD serves nearly 1,400 homes, several schools and Twin Falls State Park. Officials are working hard to get the system back up and running.

“What we’ll have is, we’ll have something like a roof fall in the old mines,” Reid said. “What it does is it’ll choke off the supply of water that’s going to our well.”

Water levels are at a critically low level. PSD employees are urging people to use as little water as possible until the problem gets resolved.

“We expect everybody to not use any water that you don’t have to,” Reid said.

Wyoming County Commission President, Jason Mullins, said the commission is in touch with the Town of Oceana to temporarily connect the two water systems.

“We’ve got a connection between the Oceana system and the Ravencliff-McGraw system,” Mullins said, “It’s just for things that happen, like this, it’s just a look in the future in case a problem did happen.”

Officials hope they can restore water to people living in the Ravencliff area as soon as possible.

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