Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) plans to reopen its water intakes along the Ohio River Thursday at 2 p.m. The utility reports water samples indicate the chemical from the Elk River spill in West Virginia has passed through the area.
“Our water quality team has not detected the chemical in the Ohio River water since 4:00 a.m. this morning,” said Tony Parrott, Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Hundreds of water and sewer utility managers from the across the country are in Cincinnati this week. They're here for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2013 summer conference. Some topics being discussed include innovative management, financing and a more resilient business model for public utilities.
Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Tony Parrott said the industry is experiencing a rebirth.
Cincinnati, known for its advanced water technology, is looking to cash in on the innovation and help other cities in the process.
At a Monday news conference City Manager Milton Dohoney announced the formation of a Global Water Technology Hub. He said, "This is the next step of carrying Cincinnati's legacy of being an historic water innovator and this technology will also be an accelerator for technology and innovation in the water industry."