WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Residents Have Mixed Reactions To Safety Of Water

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 12:17 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 1:20 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Now that flushing has started in several areas around the Charleston area it still has some customers skeptical about using their water.

While some people said they have no problem using their water now as long as it's been cleared to flush by West Virginia American Water, some people said they will be using it anytime soon.

"We consume bottled water," said Jim Thacker, a South Charleston resident. "I don't think we'll be consuming any water out of the system for quite some time. This is a government situation. As safe as you ever feel with the government telling you anything."

When flushing began on Monday in the Charleston area, some homes reported a strange, blue goo coming from the faucet. Another person reported finding sediment in the water.

A lot of people said on Tuesday that the licorice smell connected to the chemical is still being detected in their water. While water company officials said that is normal and the water is still safe, some people said they are still concerned.

"Not at this moment, I'm not going to use it," said a Charleston resident who did not want to be identified. "I'm going to give it a couple more days. I'm still going to use my bottled water because of the smell of it, and I'm just not really sure right yet."

One woman said she is eager to use her water again and believes it will be safe.

"I'm very grateful for all of the folks who have worked very very hard to make this happen for us, and I'm looking forward to getting to use the water again," said Cheryl Turns, a Dunbar resident.

West Virginia American Water officials are confident water is safe once the zone has been cleared. They want to remind customers to follow the proper flushing guidelines.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
WV Official Says $2M In Chemical Spill Response Costs Reimbursable
News
Apr. 16, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia homeland ...
Full News Story

Rahall Raises $324K In 3rd District Race; Jenkins $194k
News
Apr. 16, 2014 3:15 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall ...
Full News Story

Energy State Democrats In Senate Races Split From Obama
News
Apr. 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Natalie Tennant is scrapping ...
Full News Story


News Freeze Warning In Effect For Thursday Early Morning Hours
Apr. 16, 2014 2:57 PM EDT
News Boy Scout Groups Based in Huntington, Charleston Discuss Merging
Apr. 16, 2014 1:56 PM EDT
News Police Say Man Will Face Several Charges After Car Rams House In Charleston
Apr. 16, 2014 12:49 PM EDT
News Charleston Gearing Up For Heart Walk
Apr. 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
News New Report Says High-Quality Child Care Programs Lacking In Mountain State
Apr. 16, 2014 10:55 AM EDT
News Couple Charged With Bringing Drugs Into Scioto County Jail
Apr. 16, 2014 10:17 AM EDT
News Touching Banned During Regional Jail Visits
Apr. 16, 2014 8:36 AM EDT
News Charleston Coping With Bitter Cold
Apr. 15, 2014 9:18 PM EDT
News Man Indicted On Charges He Threatened To Kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin
Apr. 15, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
News Putnam County Plans To File Lawsuit Against Waste Management
Apr. 15, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
News Search For Vehicle In River Near Point Pleasant Called Off Due To Wind, Water Conditions
Apr. 15, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
News Williamson Mayor Charged In Federal Information
Apr. 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
News State Police Say Logan County Man Faces Charges After Stolen Items Found At His Home
Apr. 15, 2014 3:22 PM EDT
News Body Of Man Discovered In Athens County Creek Identified
Apr. 15, 2014 3:08 PM EDT
News Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton Dies
Apr. 15, 2014 3:23 PM EDT
News Road Reopens In Greenup County After Explosives Removed
Apr. 15, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News Last Day to File Taxes and Sign Up for Obamacare Is Today
Apr. 15, 2014 5:24 PM EDT
News Obama To Observe Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary With Moment Of Silence
Apr. 15, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
News Freeze Warning In Effect Overnight With Temperatures To Plummet
Apr. 15, 2014 12:19 PM EDT
News Judge Zakaib To Hear City Effort To Ban Prosecutor Mark Plants From Domestic Violence Cases
Apr. 15, 2014 11:29 AM EDT
News Vandalism Incident At Capitol Center Under Investigation
Apr. 15, 2014 11:26 AM EDT
News Jacobs-Jones Named Senior Vice President For Operations At Marshall University
Apr. 16, 2014 12:51 PM EDT
News Putnam Commissioners Plan Legal Action Seeking To Force Removal Of MCHM From Landfill
Apr. 15, 2014 10:16 AM EDT
News Human Skeletal Remains Found In Wyoming County On Property Of Murder Suspect In Unrelated Case
Apr. 15, 2014 9:12 AM EDT
News Juvenile To Be Charged In Connection With Elkview Elementary Center Bomb Threat
Apr. 15, 2014 12:39 PM EDT
News Human Remains Identified As Missing Greenup County Man
Apr. 15, 2014 8:50 AM EDT
News Brush Fires Continue To Be A Concern
Apr. 14, 2014 10:18 PM EDT
News Civl Lawsuit Filed By Victim Of Mingo County Corruption
Apr. 14, 2014 7:18 PM EDT
News Plants Says He Won't Resign After ODC Recommends His Immediate Suspension
Apr. 14, 2014 6:38 PM EDT
News Deputies Investigating Reported Home Invasion In Sissonville Area
Apr. 14, 2014 6:03 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
2 Marion residents fined, 321 trout found in home

Two Marion County residents have been fined for exceeding the state's trout possession limit following the discovery of more than 300 trout in their home.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Milton-Madison Bridge to reopen by Thursday night

A bridge over the Ohio River is set to reopen to traffic by Thursday night and once again allow motorists to drive between Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky.
Full Story

Ohio News
Ohio's new top utility regulator is sworn in

Gov. John Kasich has sworn in a former state budget director and lawmaker as Ohio's top utility regulator.
Full Story

PREVIOUS NEWS: NOV | CURRENT







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.