CHARLESTON, WV -- When the water crisis hit, health professionals with the Ghareeb Dental Group were ready with equipment in place for using bottled water during treatments.
However, the ongoing use of drinking water without fluoride could be a dental concern.
All five of the Ghareeb offices have self-contained water systems capable of using bottled or distilled water.
"We decided some time ago to invest in new equipment that allows our offices to operate on self-contained water systems using bottled or distilled water," said Dr. Steven Ghareeb. "We are always looking for ways to provide our patients with the benefits of the latest dental technology and techniques. Installing these water systems was another way we could improve patient care. Happily on the morning of the spill we were prepared."
On Jan. 9 thousands of gallons of chemical leaking from a Freedom Industries storage tank spilled into the Elk River and overwhelmed the nearby West Virginia American Water Co. treatment facility.
As debate over the safety of the water has continued, area residents have turned from tap to bottled water.
Within the last few years the Ghareeb Dental Group has installed self-contained water systems at all five of its locations, including South Charleston, Poca, St. Albans, Cross Lanes and Scott Depot. Locations affected by the water crisis included Poca, South Charleston and Cross Lanes.
The systems mean they have more control in the event of a water main break or boil water advisory. When the water crisis hit, it was nice to be prepared.
While many have turned from tap to bottled water for drinking, that presents another concern.