UPDATE: Kanawha County Officials Resume Bulk Water Distribution

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/17/14 8:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Bulk water distribution will continue in Kanawha County Friday.

According to a news release, a water company representative has assured county officials that the West Virginia American Water Tankers that are being delivered to Clendenin, Crossings Mall and Riverside High School were filled Thursday night at the Montgomery Water Plant.

The water tankers were pulled from those locations late Thursday after Kanawha County received conflicting information about where the water in the tankers is coming from.

"WVAW further assured us that when the tankers had been filled at the Charleston Plant the MCHM levels were at 0 PPM at the Charleston location," according to a news release.

Bulk water sites will reopen at Clendenin VFD, Riverside High School and Crossings Mall at Elkview.

Bottled Water Distribution Locations
Belle VFD
Clendenin VFD
Crossings Mall - Elkview
Glasgow VFD
Malden VFD
Marmet Recreation Center
Nitro Police Department



UPDATE 1/16/14 @ 5:59 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County officials are stopping all bulk water distribution sites as per direction of West Virginia American Water.

Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre says the tankers are being pulled after they have received conflicting information about where the water in the tankers is coming from.

WSAZ received calls about water tankers being provided by West Virginia American Water being filled at the Charleston water plant.

The tankers in question were the ones at Crossing Mall in Elkview and Riverside High School.

Laura Jordan, a spokesperson with West Virginia American Water says the water from the Charleston plant is clean.

"The water tested here, out of the Kanawha Valley water treatment plant has shown no detection of MCHM since Monday evening so three and a half days that it has shown no detection," said Jordan.

To ease concerns, West Virginia American Water is now filling tankers at their Montgomery, West Virginia station.

Bottled water distribution locations will remain open at the following locations for Kanawha County:
Belle VFD
Clendenin VFD
Crossings Mall - Elkview
Glasgow VFD
Malden VFD
Marmet Recreation Center
Nitro Police Department
Sissonville VFD

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/6/14 @ 5:48 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tankers at two water distribution sites in Kanawha County have been removed after complaints that the water smells like the chemical MCHM.

WSAZ received several calls about water tankers at Crossings Mall in Elkview and Riverside High School, provided by West Virginia American Water, being filled at the water plant in Charleston.

We spoke with Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre who says they have pulled the tankers until they can find out where that water is coming from.

Several other tankers are being filled by the National Guard in Beckley. Those are still available for use.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.


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