WV American Water Reports All Testing Results Below Two Parts Per Billion

From WV American Water Release
West Virginia American Water announced that the results of testing for MCHM from the Freedom Industries spill at all testing points in all zones throughout the company’s Kanawha Valley water distribution system are at the lower non-detectable level of below two parts per billion (ppb). This level is 500 times below the protective standard established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is 1 part per million (ppm).


According to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, the CDC believes there is no evidence to suggest that levels below 10ppb would have adverse health effects, including for pregnant women. On February 20, West Virginia American Water announced that all points of testing throughout the water distribution system showed that levels of MCHM from the Freedom Industries spill were below 10ppb level but that the company would continue flushing to address odor issues.

“Since February 14th, we have worked with laboratories to test down to 2ppb
or less of MCHM, and as of February 25th, levels of the chemical are below
this non-detect threshold throughout the water distribution system,” said
West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre. “More than 30
employees from American Water subsidiaries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania,
Indiana and Illinois have worked tirelessly with our West Virginia
employees to flush approximately 2,000 small dead end water mains in the
system. Now that we no longer have detectable levels of MCHM throughout our
distribution system and have assisted Queen Shoals PSD to also achieve this
in their system, we have concluded our systematic flushing operations in
the Kanawha Valley.”

West Virginia American Water will continue to respond to customer reports
of lingering odor. This is being done solely to address reports about odor
and is not related to any health concerns. The water in the distribution
system has been below the CDC-established protective standard of 1ppm since
January 18.

West Virginia American Water intended to continue distributing bulk water
through Wednesday, March 5; however, due to weather forecasts for the rest
of the week, the company is officially ending its bulk water distribution
efforts.

To compensate customers for flushing their home water systems, West
Virginia American Water customers may have or will shortly see credits on
their bill. These credits are marked in a line entitled “Flushing Credit”
and will be reflected on bills received from mid-February to mid-March,
depending on when bills were generated.

“West Virginia American Water is proud to have provided clean, safe water
to West Virginians for nearly 130 years, and throughout this event our
primary focus has always been the safety of our customers,” McIntyre said
“We take pride in our exemplary record of providing clean, safe water to
approximately 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and 550,000 throughout
West Virginia, now and into the future.”
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