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Absence of Drinking Water Safety Data Inside West Virginia Homes: Time to Act
There continues to be a complete lack of interest by any official to conduct inside the house drinking water testing, despite the tap water being deemed safe to drink from fire hydrant and government buildings testing. Still today, water is not safe for pregnant women and children under 3 years old. Some people who have contacted me have family members who were admitted to the hospital caused by inhalation exposures. Others have planned water births and now do not know what to do. As a parent, husband, and son, I cannot fathom the stress that must be going through these individuals lives because of the incident. I am sincerely sorry that the residents of West Virginia were affected by this incident. More information is needed to help those affected.
Over the past two weeks I have been speaking with government agencies and nonprofit organizations in an effort to find funding to support continued in-home drinking water testing. As you know, many people still refuse to drink the tap water, and some outright refuse to use the water for any purpose. No organization has provided us funding (or to my knowledge, any other organization) to conduct the necessary testing. It seems the people who are being affected and their family and friends are primarily the only people who seem to be concerned anymore.
Having been in the Charleston area last week and seen firsthand the impact this event had on people of all socioeconomic levels, bathed in the water myself (cold only), and failure of responders to provide –inside the home– drinking water testing, we have setup a public donation site.