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West Virginia American Water Provides Bottled Water


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors lined up Friday at water distribution sites provided by West Virginia American Water. It's been three weeks since the chemical leak, and thousands of people are still saying the same thing: they don't trust the water.

It's that feeling of uncomfortably prompting water distribution sites to open back up.

"There are still those people who do not have the confidence back. Our office received a lot of calls for water," West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said.

Nearly 20 trucks filled with the much-requested bottled water rolled into the area on Friday -- this time distributed by West Virginia American Water.

Tomblin said FEMA covered the cost of 75 percent of bulk water, only until the do not use ban was lifted.

"Those individuals that continue to request water, and I think it's only fair that we try to help those people," Tomblin said, adding that once this water runs out, the state will have to purchase it until people feel comfortable drinking the water again. He says there's a possibility they'll fight to receive reimbursement from either Freedom Industries or West Virginia American Water.

Click on the link to view water distribution sites open this weekend.


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