National Guard Eyes New Testing Level

BUFFALO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hours after their do not use ban was lifted for the second time, the line to get water in Buffalo, West Virginia was still several cars long. Many like Robin Stump wondering if they can trust the latest ruling.

"I now have a measle like rash from showering in it the first flush," said Stump.

Stump says the lack of consumption and contact has been a nightmare. Even with the go-ahead, she is experiencing problems.

"It's very milky," said Stump. "It has left sludge and jellyfish-like slime in my basins."

The all-clear was given after new tests showed levels back well below one part per million, but General James Hoyer with the National Guard says they're now focused on a new criteria.

"We're going to a level 100 times below that for sample testing that we do in this next phase," said Hoyer.

According to the Center for Disease Control, ten parts per billion is a safe level for pregnant women to be able to drink. Right now, Hoyer and his team are seeing that at West Virginia American Water's plant in Charleston, but there's still work to do in the outlying areas.

The National Guard won't leave until they see the results everywhere.

Hoyer says he recognizes the anger from customers, but assures that officials have just as much at stake.

"People who are my family, who are the guard's family, who we love; we love the people of West Virginia and we're frustrated like everybody else," said Hoyer.

In the meantime, he encourages patience and trust in the experts at the CDC, while offering praise for the work all communities are doing in coming together.

"West Virginians have responded extremely well, in a difficult period, like they always do," said Hoyer.

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