Chemical spill occurred in Charleston, West Virginia effecting 300,000 people incity

Chemical spills into public water treatment system in Charleston, US

11:45 AM, 13th January 2014
chemical spill occurred in Charleston, West Virginia

CHARLESTON, US: A chemical spill occurred in Charleston, West Virginia, where the chemicals from a chemical plant seeped into the public water treatment system of 300,000 people in the city. The city was blue-green and smelled like licorice. The officials were unclear as it was safe to use the water for everyday activities like showers and laundry. Federal authorities began investigating as how much of the chemical leaked into the river was not yet known.

Officials and experts said the chemical, even in its most concentrated form, isn’t deadly. However, people across nine counties were told not to wash their clothes in water affected, as the compound can cause symptoms ranging from skin irritation and rashes to vomiting and diarrhea.

“We don’t know that the water’s not safe. But I can’t say that it is safe,” said Jeff McIntyre, President, West Virginia American Water. For now, there is no way to treat the tainted water aside from flushing the system until it’s in low enough concentrations to be safe, a process that could take days.

 

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