WVAW President Provides Testimony to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on West Virginia Chemical Spill Response

Updated 40 weeks ago From Press Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 10, 2014) ? West Virginia American Waterannounced today that its president, Jeff McIntyre, is providing testimonybefore the U.S. House of Representatives House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee on the West Virginia Freedom Industries chemical spill.

McIntyre is presenting the details of the water company’s response. Among the details McIntyre provided were the company’s priorities since the event
began.


“I would like to underscore West Virginia American Water’s focus
during the Freedom Industries chemical spill and aftermath,” added
McIntyre. “Safety is our #1 priority. Throughout this event, our
primary focus has been and remains the safety of our customers and
employees.

Continuous sampling, testing, and treatment is critical. During
emergency events like this one, we evaluate the source water entering
the system, treat it as deemed necessary or appropriate, and take
additional corrective or protective measures ? such as boil water
advisories and “Do Not Use” orders such as the one that was
implemented here ? if necessary. For example, we have performed more
than 2,500 analyses since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. We
also operate as part of the emergency response team alongside local,
state, and federal authorities.

Our present objective is no detectable MCHM in the distribution
system water. We are continuing to flush and sample water throughout
the distribution system until there is a non-detect level of MCHM
(less than 0.01ppm/10 ppb) at all of the sample locations.

We are partnering with local, state and federal officials. We remain
fully committed to working with federal, state, and local authorities
to provide information, address concerns, and protect our customer’s
tap water.

We strive to provide our customers with nothing less than clean, safe
drinking water. We will work with the state health authorities to
assure our customers in the Kanawha Valley that their water is both
clean and in full compliance with all applicable Safe Drinking Water
Act standards and requirements.”

McIntyres’s written testimony will be posted at 10:30 a.m. on West Virginia
American Water’s website, in the press resources section and at
http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html.


West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and
reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. Founded in 1886,
American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater
utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs
approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in
more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be
found by visiting www.westvirginiaamwater.com.

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