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Free Water Being Distributed In Putnam County

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 10:48 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 12:35 PM EDT
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SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Months after the chemical MCHM tainted the water supply for hundreds of thousands of West Virginia American Water customers, people are still not convinced it's safe to drink even though we've been told that it is.

Water distribution sites were set up in just about every county affected after the water crisis. People could fill up their own containers of water to clean, cook or bathe with. But once the water was deemed "safe" they dried up except for two locations in Putnam County.

The Putnam Public Service District are keeping their small water container filling stations open.

"They're not comfortable with drinking their tap water and so they can come here and they can fill up at no charge and it just gives them a little more comfort and we're glad to do it," said Michael McNulty, Putnam Public Service District general manager.

PSD officials said the demand for water months later is still surprising. They have been giving upwards of 5,000 gallons of water away each week. They said 10 to 15 people are stopping by these two sites every day.

"They're coming in regularly," said John Inghram, water quality superintendent. "I would have expected it to die way off by now but still having quite a few people that we see come in and fill their containers."

McNulty said he has seen "a couple come in and they stopped by and they probably had 15 one gallon jugs and they wanted to fill them all up and take it back home. They said, 'We just don't trust the water' and I said, 'That's fine, you can do whatever you think you need to do. You're welcome to have it.' "

Locations are next to the Teays Valley Fire Department and at the water plant. All you need to do is bring your own containers. PSD officials said there's no plans to stop distribution any time soon.



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