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In-Home Water Testing Completed In 10 Homes; Results Expected One To Three Weeks

Reported: Feb. 21, 2014 10:18 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 6:37 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A taxpayer-funded research team has completed initial water testing in 10 homes after a chemical leak tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

West Virginia Testing Assessment Project Team leader Andrew Whelton said 900 samples were taken in the 10 homes from kitchen and bathroom taps. Hot and cold water samples were taken.

The results are expected back in one to three weeks.

Jeff Rosen of Corona Environmental Consulting is partnering on the project. He said experts have also been contracted to create an odor analysis to determine at what levels the little-known chemicals can be smelled in tap water.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved $762,000 for the study.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- The West Virginia Testing Assessment Project has asked for additional $112,000 from West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office.

Tomblin initially earmarked a $650,000 budget for the project, which was created to do home water testing in the wake of a Jan. 9 chemical spill that created a water crisis in nine counties.

Dduring a news conference on Friday, Dr. Andrew Whelton of the University of South Alabama gave an update on the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project. He said the collection of drinking water samples have been completed at a total of 10 homes in the affected nine counties and results should be available in one to three weeks. The information is being analyzed in California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Ninety samples were taken at each home, and 600 samples are being analyzed (300 are being stored). The results will be used to design a larger study of an in-home sampling project.

One of the main objects of the project is to determine an odor threshold for MCHM, the chemical that leaked into the Elk River on Jan. 9 and prompted a do-not-use water advisory. The process of setting odor testing panels is under way.

Whelton said he believes it is important to keep citizens informed. He said briefings will not be provided weekly, but they will be done periodically.



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