Still not Ready to Drink the Water Quite Yet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Many families have refused to drink or use the water since the chemical MCHM leaked into the drinking water.

A crew from WSAZ spent the evening with a family in the South Hills area of Charleston and got their reaction as the results of WSAZ’s independent investigation on the status of the water were released.

We hired a private company to test the water in the Elk River and right out of the taps of homes and businesses affected by the spill.

The results were fairly clear. The water seems to be OK.

Melissa Hunt’s family lives just off Bridge Road where one of our samples was taken.

"It puts my mind a little more at ease,” Hunt said. "It's nice to see an independent company coming up with those results. I don't feel like they'd be biased."

Like so many parents affected by the chemical spill, Hunt has continued to give her kids bottled water even after they were given the all-clear a couple weeks ago.

Even after the results released Tuesday evening, she says they'll still wait a few more days before returning to their normal routine before the crisis hit.

"I think just a little more time because it's never happened before, and I just want to be a little cautious where my children are concerned," she said.

Her daughter Lindsay is a student at John Adams Middle School where another round of flushing had to be done over the weekend.

When asked if she’d be drinking out of the water fountain at school Wednesday, she said "I don't think I'm going to yet just because my mom doesn't think it's a good idea, and I kind of follow in her footsteps."


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