Ohio River Water Monitoring Due to Parkersburg Fire

Updated 4 weeks ago From WV American Water Release

West Virginia American Water is closely monitoring water quality of the Ohio River at its Huntington water treatment plant for potential impacts from the Parkersburg fire. West Virginia American Water continuously monitors water quality through online source water monitoring panels at its Huntington water treatment plant and runs additional testing as part of ORSANCO’s Organics Detection System (ODS).

Gov. Justice has already declared the former site which contained toxic chemicals a disaster area. At a news conference he said, "We don't know what's going up in the air."

The fire is located approximately 124 miles upstream of the Huntington plant intake, which at current river velocity is more than a week’s travel time; however, West Virginia American Water and ORSANCO representatives continue to closely monitor river gauges for changes.

Water quality personnel have been in contact with officials from ORSANCO and WVDEP and have received information on the firefighting foam being used as a precaution. West Virginia American Water has detected no impact to water quality and will continue to diligently monitor water quality over the coming days and weeks.

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