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Water Company Says MCHM Below 10 Parts Per Billion

Reported: Feb. 20, 2014 9:20 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Elizabeth Noreika) -- Flushing and testing continues in the nine counties affected by the West Virginia water crisis.

West Virginia American Water announced Thursday that all points of testing throughout the distribution system show the levels of MCHM are below the 10 parts per billion threshold.

Now the company said it is focusing on addressing odor issues and checking areas that are below two parts per billion. Water company officials said only four samples came back at that level. They say it will help them concentrate on getting rid of that smell that is still in some homes.

The company said customers who haven't received a flushing credit yet should see it between now and mid-March.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is wanting to go even further in schools to ensure student safety.

The West Virginia Department of Education is working with the West Virginia National Guard on water testing at schools.

Tomblin is asking for additional water testing, wanting schools to be under two parts per billion.

More testing will take place this weekend, and the results should be known by the middle of next week.

Any schools that test above the two parts per billion level will be reflushed and then retested.

In the meantime, schools will continue to provide hand sanitizer and bottled water for drinking and cooking.



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