A Month Later, Many West Virginians Still Fear Their Water
Even though officials lifted the "do not use advisory" weeks ago, many residents worry the chemical leaked into their water supply is still a danger.By Steven Sparkman | February 16, 2014
It's been a month since officials first told the residents of Charleston, West Virginia, that their tap water was safe to drink. But many residents still won't drink it, in part because the water still has a detectable odor and because state officials seem to be sending mixed messages.
On Jan. 9, chemical company Freedom Industries announced the leak of up to 5,000 gallons of crude MCHM, a chemical mixture used in coal processing, and that an unknown amount had made it into the water supply. The company later raised its estimate to 10,000 gallons leaked. (Via RT)
Officials imposed a "do not use" advisory on tap water for 300,000 people, which was gradually lifted over 10 days. (Via CBS)