MCHM Found At Schools Worries Neighbors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- George Washington High School had to have its lines flushed yet again Saturday after results from a prior test showed there was still too much MCHM in the water. Those levels are actually starting to worry neighbors.

It's been more than four weeks since the chemical spill and Karen Potesta's uneasiness about using the water is still shaken.

Every time she starts to think the water might be getting safer, she hears of another positive test at a school in her area.

"You hear various things, 'oh, it's safe, it's not going to harm you,' but you really don't want to take the chance," said Potesta.

Potesta isn't alone.

"Every time we open the shower door the last month, 'oh yeah, there it is,'" said Parker Bazzle.

The Bazzle family lives just up the road as well, right in between George Washington and John Adams; both which tested positive for MCHM in the last week and a half.

According to Parker Bazzle, water in the area is provided by a central tower, meaning what's going in the schools is also going in their tap.

While he worries about it in his pipes, he thinks it's gathering in another place.

"I'm probably more concerned about it being in our hot water heater than anything else," said Bazzle.

Potesta agrees.

"I'm having my hot water tank drained on Monday," said Potesta.

It's an unfortunate problem that doesn't seem to be going down the drain anytime soon.

It's important to note that additional testing done at George Washington Friday did come back at non-detect levels.

The detectable levels found prior were almost double Governor Tomblin's standards, but still well below the CDC's safe level.


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