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Many do not trust the water, despite reassurance from experts

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Federal experts stood alongside our state leaders in Wednesday's news conference. Federal experts stood alongside our state leaders in Wednesday's news conference.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

Despite the constant reassurance from experts who are monitoring our ongoing water situation, many of you are telling us that you just don't trust the water.

The CDC was in town Wednesday along with the EPA.  They reiterated that what our state leaders have said since the bans were lifted is true.  They said "the water is okay to use." 

We've been asking you if you believe what the experts are telling you on social media and in the field.  The resounding answer is no.  Mary Compton of Pinch, WV said, "They don't know the long term affects of this chemical.  It's just not worth chancing it."

Federal experts stood alongside our state leaders in Wednesday's news conference.  Even still, many of you have told us you've lost faith what they consider safe and not safe. 

"I've seen friends with chemical burns from showering in it and yet they say it's okay to use," said Roxanna Ballengee, also of Pinch.  "They don't really want to tell us what's going on.  What is in the water?"

"You don't even feel comfortable letting your dogs drink it," I asked.  "No, of course not," said Josh Bradshaw, of Elkview. 

Federal officials said Wednesday that any long term health affects of the chemical spill are unlikely and that "even those who were hospitalized were patients with underlying conditions."

But at the end of the day for these affected people, they said the news conferences aren't any kind of reassurance anymore. 

"They don't want to show us anything the experts find," Compton said.  "They can't show me any paperwork.  They can't show me anything on it.  So no, it doesn't mean anything to me."

This story is always developing.  Be sure you stay with 13 News for more.