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Parents Concerned About Safety Of School Water

Reported: Jan. 30, 2014 10:02 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 9:33 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Many parents said they are worried about their kids in school following the Freedom Industries chemical leak.

State officials have started testing the water at schools, but some people still have their concerns.

The do-not-use ban was lifted weeks ago, but the move wasn't enough to ease the minds of school officials.

Schools across the region are still using bottled water for cooking and drinking. State officials are testing the tap water at these schools, but many people said they don't have to wait for those results. They have proof the water isn't safe.

Kim Winkler is beyond frustrated and said she will “never” use her water again.

Like the thousands of other West Virginia American Water customers, Winkler has had to adapt to life without what she considers safe tap water following the Jan. 9 MCHM spill into the Elk River.

“I have actually been traveling back and forth to Logan,” she said. “My parents live is a safe area, thank God, to shower. Sponge bathe here the next day. I have two pets that have been drinking bottled water. The expense has been extravagant."

Days after the do-not-use ban was lifted, dozens of people claimed the water made them sick.

Thousands of others said it still smelled like licorice, after they flushed their tanks as instructed.

Winkler said she flushed her pipes nine times.

After flushing her pipes, Winkler's water was "like pineapple juice" and after a while a yellow, oily substance settled at the bottom.

That's when she decided to have her water independently tested by Test America.

As for test results for the school water, those results are expected to be released either Friday or Saturday.

State officials said that bottled water will continue to be used until those results are released.



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