Once the crisis has ended, he hopes the public will remember to keep enough emergency supplies on hand to last 72 hours.
"We've preached that for years but then everyone goes about their business like they never expect another emergency," he said.
Meanwhile, at the Gestamp stamping plant in South Charleston, a steady line of traffic picked up cases of bottled water on Wednesday afternoon.
"It has slowed down a lot," said Everett Shelton, an employee of the sanitary board. "It's coming in bursts now. When we started on Friday, cars were backed up onto MacCorkle Avenue. A lot of people (Tuesday night) said their water still had a smell and they didn't think it was safe."
Squeak Peterson, chief of the Malden Volunteer Fire Department, said so much water had been distributed he was weary of keeping track.
"This is our seventh truckload," he said on Wednesday afternoon. "We had a truck Friday and one every day since."
He said the fire station and some folks in the area are in a safe zone but others are not.
Volunteer Darrell Dyer Jr., whose water is not yet safe, has been on site every day since Friday. He said so many people stopped Tuesday that they ran out of water and had people waiting before more supplies arrived Wednesday morning.
Those working at the distribution site have included volunteer firefighters as well as members of the community. Area businesses have loaned equipment such as forklifts and people from the area have brought food to the volunteers.
Peterson said once the ban is lifted for the entire area, people will remain cautious. They may feel comfortable washing clothes and bathing in the tap water, but it will likely be some time before they drink it, he said.