EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSConcerns Remain For Parents As Schools Resume Using Tap Water
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Reported: Mar. 5, 2014 10:37 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 5, 2014 11:08 PM EST
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Elizabeth Noreika) -- As the conversation on the water crisis continues, so does concern from some parents.
Wednesday was the first day students were back in class after federal officials said it was OK to drink from the faucets.
But parents who spoke to Eyewitness News said they are not ready to let that happen.
Shelves were stocked at the Foodland on Bigley Avenue in Charleston, and it was a good thing.
Parents like Angela Stewart and Jesse Smith don't want their children drinking the tap water at school.
“We don't drink it at the house, so I'm not comfortable with them dirnking it at school," Stewart said.
Smith shared her concerns.
"I dont think the kids should even be in school," he said.
The parents were buying their own bottled water supply, because now most schools no longer provide it.
This is the first time students have been back to class since Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin lifted the state of emergency concerning the water crisis.
That means schools in the nine affected counties have been given to green light to once again use water from the tap.
"I'm not sure I'm ever going to feel safe about drinking it again," Tina Clay, a concerned grandparent, said.
And that's a feeling that isn't going away anytime soon, even though federal officials say the water is now “safe.”
With the state of emergency lifted, and water in schools testing at non-detect levels for MCHM, that means no more bottled water deliveries.
A letter was sent home to parents in Kanawha County, stating kids will now have to bring bottled water from home or drink out of the fountains.
Also interesting to point out, and perhaps the reason behind Midland Trail Elementary's reluctance to start using tap water, is that they were one of a few Kanawha County schools that had to close their doors after the water ban was lifted, due to an overpowering licorice odor.
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