Five Years Pass Since the WV Water Crisis

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It’s been five years since one of the worst disasters struck the Kanawha Valley – the 2014 West Virginia Water Crisis.

“I remember being scared to death.”

Karan Ireland, like many West Virginians, remembers exactly where she was five year ago.

“Even in the middle of the night, I remember, we had to put socks on the spigot to make sure we didn’t take a drink”.

Wednesday marks five years since Freedom Industries spilled chemicals into the Elk River, ultimately contaminating the drinking water for over 300,000 people across the Mountain State.

“Now you’re telling me that my water is not safe. You told me it was safe, but why are people getting rashes and are in the doctor’s office?”, says Karan’s daughter, Genevieve at the WV Capitol back in 2014.

That video was shared Tuesday night, as dozens of water advocates gathered at church for a community forum. 

In the aftermath, the legislature passed new environmental laws, aimed at preventing the possibility of similar events, but many advocates say today five years later, that there is not enough being done to protect our drinking water.

“We want people in this area and our wonderful city but in the meantime, we still need to improve our drinking water. It’s a fundamental right, you have to be able to trust your drinking water. “

Working for you Kanawha County, I’m Lily Bradley, 13 News, working for you.

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