CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County officials held the last county-coordinated water distribution Monday at the Kanawha County Courthouse in Charleston.
Since the chemical leak on Jan. 9, Kanawha County has coordinated the distribution of 11,484,000 bottles of water in addition to the bulk water distribution. That figure doesn't include bottled water distributions by private entities.
The number of bottles the county distributed amounts to 261 tractor-trailer loads, with each truck containing 44,000 bottles.
County Commission President Kent Carper said in a media release Monday morning that water distribution would be stopped because "federal resources have been exhausted." He also thanked local and state government officials, volunteers and the National Guard for the assistance.
Commissioner Dave Hardy also thanked emergency personnel and volunteers and called upon area residents to express gratitude to those who assisted in distributing water.
"The amount of time dedicated by local Volunteer Fire Departments, community volunteers, Emergency Officials, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department and other county employees, in the worst winter weather in years is indescribably heroic," Hardy said."The time they spent away from family during this difficult crisis is one of the most unselfish efforts I have ever witnessed. I am asking everyone who received water from these volunteers to please thank those involved in distributing water in your community. This volunteerism has been especially critical to those who are homebound."