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Water Company Says Samples From 49 Points Show No Traces Of MCHM

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jun. 17, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

West Virginia American Water said new water distribution system testing results released Tuesday show no traces of MCHM detected in any samples.

Water samples were recently taken at 49 points across the 1,900-mile Kanawha Valley water distribution system and tested at the lowest available laboratory detection level, according to a news release from the water company.

“To further demonstrate our commitment to our customers, we voluntarily undertook this effort to continue to rebuild customer confidence in the water system and confirm that our water is the truly excellent quality that our customers expect,” said Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water. “We listened to our customers’ concerns and we believe these recent test results demonstrate that there is no reason to believe MCHM is sticking to pipes or otherwise remaining in the distribution system.”

Water samples were collected from June 5-11 following the completion of a $1.1 million project to change out nearly one million pounds of granular activated carbon from the Kanawha Valley water treatment plant’s 16 filters. Two samples were taken in each of the 24 zones that the distribution system was divided into for purposes of lifting the January do-not-use order. A final sample was taken at the point of interconnection between the Kanawha Valley system and Queen Shoals PSD.

The water company said representative locations were identified in conjunction with state drinking water regulators at the Bureau for Public Health. Testing was performed by Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories at the lowest existing detection level.

Test results can be viewed here.

“Restoring full water service and full confidence in our water was not just our job – it was our promise to our neighbors and our families in the communities we serve,” McIntyre said. “Our company has served the Mountain State since 1886, and we take our responsibility of providing quality water very, very seriously. We believe our efforts demonstrate this responsibility, and this final round of testing should further alleviate uncertainty about the quality of the water distribution system following the January 9 Freedom Industries spill.”

West Virginia American Water also announced that water samples tested over the weekend at the lowest existing laboratory detection level following the June 12 storm water overflow at Freedom Industries had no detection of MCHM. The water company said this confirms testing performed last week by two local laboratories.



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