At the Kroger in Kanawha City, several residents stocked up on cases of bottled water to drink and cook with.
Keith K. Bailey, of Malden, said it would take some concrete tests to prove to him that his water is safe. He feels overwhelmed with all the information coming out about the chemical leak, he said. No one has clarified for him how harmful the chemical is, he said.
"Some people say one thing, and then I hear something else," Bailey said. "Who's telling the truth? I don't want to be their guinea pig to find out."
Barbara Beane, of Kanawha City, said her water no longer smells, but that's not enough to rest her fears because when she sees the water, she's reminded of the smell. She bought two cases of water to bathe and cook with.
"I never particularly trusted the water to begin with, so this just reconfirms my fears," Beane said.
Barbra Scott, of Belle, said she wouldn't give the water to her dogs and cat. She wants better information from government officials before she feels safe to drink with it again.
At the Foodland in Kanawha City, employee Jeremy Smith helped Phyllis Morris load cases of water into her SUV.
Smith said it took some time for him to touch the water, but he won't think about drinking it yet. Morris, of Campbells Creek, agreed but said she won't touch it.
A month's time might be enough to restore her faith, she said. For now, she's bought several rain barrels and takes showers with rainwater.
"I won't give it to my Chihuahua either," Morris said.
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