CINCINNATI (AP) — Public water officials in Cincinnati say samples show chemical levels in the Ohio River are well below what would be considered hazardous.
The Greater Cincinnati Water Works shut down river intakes late Tuesday night in anticipation of tainted water arriving from a West Virginia chemical spill. Monitoring has showed chemical levels of .03 parts per million or lower. Federal authorities say it should be safe below 1 part per million.
The Water Works is using water from a suburban Fairfield groundwater plant and expected the contaminated water to take 24-48 hours to pass through the area.
No water service disruption is expected for Cincinnati users.
Some 300,000 people in West Virginia were told not to drink, shower or wash clothes with tap water after the Jan. 9 Elk River spill.