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Back to business but not tap water in Charleston

 

Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst Lola's manager Andrew Crichton (right) holds empty plastic bottles ready for recycling as Cody Gurski breaks down cardboard boxes Thursday.
Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst
Lola’s manager Andrew Crichton (right) holds empty plastic bottles ready for recycling as Cody Gurski breaks down cardboard boxes Thursday.

By Caitlin Cook

Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Do not use” water orders have been lifted for much of the Kanawha Valley, but some Charleston restaurants are wary of using tap water for business.

Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille on Capitol Street was in the first zone to get the OK from the water company to start flushing its system Monday.

“This is a tricky situation. It’s an unfortunate situation and a lot of people have had to suffer,” Adelphia manager Tracy Abdulla said. “We wouldn’t sell anything we wouldn’t eat. We wouldn’t prepare anything for our customers that we wouldn’t for ourselves.”

Although its system was flushed Monday and it received its health department inspection Tuesday, Adelphia’s food preparation and dish washing is still being done with bottled water.

“Even though we’ve gotten the all-clear, the public is a little bit leery,” Abdulla said. “I think the public’s confidence is shaken, and we want to do what the public feels like they need.”

Adelphia’s soda distributor came in and changed the machine’s filters, but Adelphia is continuing to serve soda from two-liter bottles, Abdulla said.

The restaurant does not have a timetable as to when it will begin using tap water again. Abdulla added that he has two small children and they’re still drinking and preparing meals with bottled water at home…

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