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39,000 West Virginia American Water customers have ban lifted; testing process continues

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West Virginia American Water and National Guard working together to sample water for contamination throughout the 9 county area effected. West Virginia American Water and National Guard working together to sample water for contamination throughout the 9 county area effected.
CHARLESTON, WV -

West Virginia American Water officials along with the Army National Guard and other interagency partners say they working around the clock to restore water service to customers in the nine-county area affected by the contaminated water ban.

In a news release issued by the company, officials say they have been taking water samples from numerous points throughout the 3,000 square mile area they serve.

West Virginia American Water says these samples are being analyzed at five labs: MATRIC, Charleston, W.Va., REIC Laboratory, Beaver, W.Va., West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Laboratory, Big Chimney, W.Va., Battelle, Columbus, Ohio, and West Virginia American Water, Huntington, W.Va.

The Army National Guard also has provided five mobile labs, which are processing samples at our Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant, according to West Virginia American Water officials.

They add, the duration time for processing samples is 6-12 hours, including travel across our broad service area and the following steps:

 

  • Water company sample priority team determines where the samples are

     to be taken and when they are taken

  • One water plant employee with one National Guardsmen, following the  priority list, then takes samples both external (hydrant) and internal (inside hospitals).

  • Delivery of samples to a central sample collection hub.

  • All water samples are logged in, split into smaller samples for laboratory use, and then placed into the shipping queue.

  • A laboratory sample priority team ensures priority samples are shipped and processed first, evenly distributed to all laboratories to prevent the backlog of samples and provide quicker turnaround time on results.

  • All test results come to one location where the information is disseminated by a data analysis collection team to all concerned

West Virginia American Water says since this ban was put in place they have collected almost 1,000 test samples As of 2 p.m. today MCHM was not detected  in the raw or finished water at the Kanawha Valley plant.

For more information on testing or the lifting the ban process log on to the company's web site at: http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html