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Kanawha keeping four water distribution centers open

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County officials are keeping four water distribution points open around the county because of continued demand for clean water following the Jan. 9 water emergency that left 300,000 people with contaminated water.

Water distribution points will be open today at the Nitro Police Department from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for bottled water, at the Crossings Mall in Elkview from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for bottled and bulk water, at the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for bottled water and at Riverside High School from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for bulk water.

Freedom Industries accidentally spilled 7,500 gallons of Crude MCHM into the Elk River on Jan. 9, which was sucked into West Virginia American Water's Charleston treatment plant just downstream. The spill prompted state officials to warn 300,000 people in nine counties not to use their water for drinking, cooking or bathing.

State and local officials have since said the water is again safe, but many in Kanawha County don't trust the water supply.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.

 


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