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More than a week after a chemical spill, thousands of West Virginians are still without drinking water.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 20:01 Updated 13 weeks ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
“While many are fortunate to have water once again, thousands of people in parts of Boone, Kanawha and Roane counties still do not have access to clean water,” Morrisey said. “Many families and businesses have been without water for more than a week, and they must know they weren’t forgotten as soon as the taps started to flow in Charleston.”
Morrisey encouraged people to continue donating water, plastic or paper plates and silverware, hand sanitizer and other essentials to those who live or work in areas still impacted by the do-not-use order. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said pregnant women living or working in the nine county region impacted by the do-not-use order should not drink the tap water.
“During this crisis, the nation has learned how truly strong West Virginians are and how we will never hesitate to help our neighbors during a time of need,” Morrisey said. “We must continue those efforts until every citizen has clean, usable water.”
Morrisey reminded consumers to be on the lookout for price gouging on water or any commodity that is deemed to be vital and necessary for the public’s health, safety or wellbeing. Thus far, the Office has received more than 180 phone calls regarding price gouging and 81 reported incidences.
“While most West Virginians have come together during this time as a family, there are a few bad apples who have tried to take advantage of their neighbors,” Morrisey said. “As I have said since the spill occurred on Jan. 9, our Office will not tolerate that behavior, and we will show no mercy to those who price gouge.”