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The CDC Now Says The Water Is Safe

Reported: Feb. 24, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 3:39 PM EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- For the first time since the chemical leak into the Elk River on January 9th, that tainted the water supply of people across 9 counties, the CDC now says the water is safe to use.

For more than 6 weeks, they wouldn't use that four letter word, and would only say it was appropriate. Despite the CDC’s declaration, water distribution sites were still busy today.

"Nothing will ever make me trust the water again because my opinion is the government will lie to you," said Elkview resident Paul Young.

"I don't trust them, it's going to be awhile before I want to use this water," said Elkview resident Sandy Ferrell.

In a phone interview with eyewitness news, CDC spokesperson Barbara Reynolds said the water is safe based on non-detect levels for MCHM. Safe is a word the CDC refused to use earlier this month.

The CDC was saying the water was appropriate based on a 1 part per million standard they established. However, with so little research about the chemical MCHM, people still are uneasy.

"I feel that they still haven't given us enough information about it. I mean safe for them, what does that mean,"
said South Charleston resident Sharron Rhyne.

"As far as I'm concerned, there are still chemicals in it. It's in the pipes they get in there, it's hard to say,” said Elkview resident Roy Rose.

And many say it will be months or even years before they use the water again, no matter what the CDC says. Paul Young says he is switching his home back over to well water.

"In my opinion we're being used as guinea pigs because they don't know what the overall outcome will be on humans,” Young added.

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