Tested water shows traces of methane and ethane

West Virginia

A rural community in West Virginia is concerned about the safety of their drinking water.

In a town of about 200 families in Purgitsville, West Virginia, several of them are urging local officials and the county to step up and provide the necessary funding for access to public water.

“This is not healthy, and I don’t think the people should live like this,” said a Hardy County resident, Roger Champ.

Back in October, the community raised money to get certain water wells tested. Those tests showed traces of methane and ethane.

“Some people now are going to Moorefield and they’re buying water in two, three gallon containers and bringing it back to their home two to three times a week,” said Romney resident Donald Judy.

County officials say they are willing to help.

“The only question for us is. does the demand fit into our purchase agreement with Moorefield?” Logan Moyers said, general manager of Hardy County Public Service District.

Local residents like Charles Champ have other concerns: “Is this water causing all this cancer? We hope we can get some help.”  

A health concern that this Purgitsville community says has been happening for too long now.

“This is 2019, and I ought to think we should have decent water to drink,” said Roger. “There is no excuse for this.”

Congressman Alex Mooney’s office issued a statement:

“Congressman Mooney’s office regularly holds mobile offices across the District to assist constituents like Mr. Judy. Since learning of Mr. Judy’s water contamination we are working with local officials to address these problems. Our office is ready and willing to assist.”


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