DIRECTS OFFICIALS TO FIND LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR CITY OF GARY WATER
Gov. Justice took time out of his briefing to announce that, as of early
Wednesday morning, the City of Gary’s water system had been fixed and
water service had been restored.
However, the Governor added that the city is still under a boil water
advisory for seven days.
Residents can obtain drinking water at Gary City Hall and Rock Hill
Baptist Church in Gary.
On Tuesday, at the direction of Gov. Justice, State officials replenished
the water supply in Gary, delivering thousands more gallons of drinking
water – including a 5,500-gallon water tanker from the West Virginia
Division of Highways, 500 gallons stored in water trailers from the West
Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and three pallets,
stacked with additional cases of water – to ensure that all residents
impacted by the ongoing issue have access to all the clean water they
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However, Gov. Justice said that, under his watch, the State’s efforts to
assist the City of Gary are far from over.
“I’ve dispatched engineers and additional engineers, and additional staff
members from the West Virginia Water Development Authority and the Public
Service Commission of West Virginia to meet with the City of Gary, the
mayor, and other leaders to come up with a long-term solution to this
problem beyond just delivering water,” Gov. Justice said Wednesday.
The outage began when the main pump serving the City of Gary water system
abruptly stopped working last week, leaving approximately 500 customers
without water service. Engineers who evaluated the system determined that
the pump was beyond repair and that a new, custom-made pump would need to
be purchased and installed because the backup pumps were also not
Upon learning of the urgent situation last week, Gov. Justice immediately
took action, ordering the West Virginia National Guard and the West
Virginia Emergency Management Division to provide all necessary resources
to the City of Gary. Acting upon this order, WVEMD ordered an M149 water
trailer from the WVNG. The WVNG delivered the trailer, containing 400
gallons of potable water, to Gary City Hall.