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WV American Water Says Carbon Filter Change-Out Project 50 Percent Completed

Reported: May. 9, 2014 12:07 PM EDT
Updated: May. 9, 2014 9:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – West Virginia American Water Co. said its activated carbon filter change-out project is halfway complete.

Test results received Thursday afternoon allowed operators at the Kanawha Valley water treatment plant to put two more newly changed filters back in service, bringing the total number of filters changed out and returned to service to eight, according to a news release from the water company.

The water company said water samples taken from all filters changed out so far showed no detection of MCHM at the lowest available laboratory detection level.

Work has continued this week in the second eight-filter wing with carbon already removed from two more filters and virgin carbon in its place by later Friday. Prior to being put back into service, all filters are conditioned, monitored and tested to meet all drinking water standards.

West Virginia American Water began changing out nearly 500 tons of granular activated carbon in the plant’s 16 filters on April 1. The project is expected to take about nine weeks, depending on operational conditions.

The water company said the Kanawha Valley plant continues to produce water that meets all drinking water standards and Centers for Disease Control guidance. Water samples continue to be taken every four hours and tested for MCHM. The water company said all samples have been non-detect at two ppb since late February.



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