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Work Continues On Changing Of Carbon In Filters At WV American Water

Reported: Apr. 3, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 1:44 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) -- Twenty-six inches of activated carbon sits on top of 4 inches of sand and 8 inches of gravel. It is the last filtering process before chlorine and other chemicals are added to your drinking water.

West Virginia American Water Co. committed to changing out all of its activated carbon shortly after the Jan. 9 chemical spill. It’s not as easy, however, as swapping out a filter in your home.

A massive amount of carbon is used in each of the filter bays. It takes a lot of manpower and time to remove the old and put in the new.

It takes about a week to switch out the activated carbon in two filters, so the water company estimates it will take two months before work on all 16 of the treatment plant's filters is finished.



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