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More Bottled Water Coming To Counties Affected By Crisis

Reported: Jan. 30, 2014 9:47 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 9:51 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- More bottled water will soon be distributed throughout counties affected by the water crisis.

It was great news for people who said an Eyewitness News town hall meeting

Wednesday night that they still smell a funny smell in their water and they do not feel safe drinking or cooking with it yet.

Some people won't even shower in it, but at least soon, the bottled and bulk water will be flowing again.

Customers said the flushing is not working.

"I think we need the water,” Nick Gover of Charleston said. “Absolutely, i personally have not drank it and will not drink it."

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones told the crowd he was totally on-board for getting the free water flowing again, and added he is heartsick over what's happened.

"I'm 63 years old and this is the worst thing that's happened in my lifetime,” he said. “I'm thankful no one was killed."

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia American Water Co. both released statements Thursday.

The company said they will distribute "20 additional tractor-trailer loads of bottled water at the request of the governor."

Kanawha County leaders said they were grateful to Tomblin for getting this done. Four of the truckloads of bottled water were on the way to Kanawha County Thursday.

Officials were working to set-up distribution sites.



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