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Families Stock Up on Clean Water


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Exactly one month since the chemical leak in the Kanawha Valley, families are still stocking up on clean water.

To some, loading and unloading jugs of water every day for a month is a hassle, but to the Dailey family, it's worth it.

"We keep a lot at home that we've been buying since the crisis," says Brian Dailey.

Sunday was his second trip to the water distribution site, filling up more than a dozen containers to add to the family's stockpile.

"I personally would rather have a smaller footprint and use these jugs and fill them up myself and recycle them than use the smaller bottles," he said.

In fact, since the chemical leak, the family has been using bottled water for just about everything.

"With the kids, we're only cooking with bottled water and washing the kids hands with bottled water," Christina Dailey said.

She says her two young boys have gotten used to keeping the tap off. They're even coming up with creative ways to bathe, like warming up water in a crock pot.

It's a process that takes some effort, but Christina says they'll probably keep this system going for awhile.

"If the water smells like it has something in it, you just don't feel comfortable bathing in it, or putting it in my children's bodies."


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