KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - About two weeks ago, Marge Woelkers began noticing discoloration in her well water in the Fox Glen subdivision along W.Va. 9 west of Charles Town.
On March 28, the water turned darker, until it looked like "chicken soup," said Woelkers, one of about 200 homeowners in the subdivision who has been advised by state health officials to boil their water.
"I didn't even taste it. I immediately boiled my water. I didn't wait for a boil-water alert," Woelkers said Thursday.
Last Friday, state Bureau of Public Health officials issued a boil water order to Fox Glen residents. The order suggests that Fox Glen residents bring their water to a "rolling boil" for at least one minute before using it to cook, drink or brush their teeth, said Bob Hart, district office coordination manager for the Bureau of Public Health.