1. The water company must relocate its water intake at least 1/4 to 1/2 a mile upstream from any chemical facility (including manufacturing, storing and distributing).
2. The company shall take charcoal bed samples from several locations, desorbing MCHM from these by using an organic solvent and analyzing samples by gas chromatography or other methods to determine the residual amount of MCHM, and share the results with the state agencies.
3. The company should replace the charcoal bed if results show presence of considerable amounts of MCHM in the existing charcoal bed.
4. The state agencies (Health, DEP, PSC and DNR) must make sure that the water intake is properly relocated upstream to any existing chemical facility. They shall also develop a system for periodic inspections, monitoring and maintaining records of all chemical plants located on state waterways. Competent and well-trained personnel can do this job.
5. The DNR and DEP must monitor existing facilities for corrosion of storage tanks over time and the chemical storage tanks must maintain minimum thickness for continued use.
6. When water intake is relocated then no chemical or polluting company shall be allowed upstream of the water intake.
7. West Virginia must allow other water companies to come in and compete with West Virginia American Water.
Qazi, of Charleston, is a retired occupational/environmental safety and health officer from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and formerly worked for the state health department.