CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bottled water distribution will resume in Kanawha County and surrounding counties affected by the water contamination after the state government requested that West Virginia American Water provide more water to the affected area.
Kanawha County officials had been advised the county will receive four truckloads of bottled water. County Manager Jennifer Sayre said she expected information on water distribution locations and times by late Friday morning.
On Thursday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a letter to West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre that since the "do not use" order was lifted, "my staff continues to receive calls from constituents and organizations requesting bottled water be made available in their communities."
The governor also said to date, the state has spent $889,575 to supply 17.5 million bottles of water to the affected area.
West Virginia American Water posted on its Facebook page that the company was already in the process of securing additional bottled water before Tomblin contacted its representatives.
The water company said it had also purchased two 7,000 gallon tankers to be used for bulk water distribution. Those tankers arrived Thursday, and the company said it was preparing them to be filled.
Water distribution in Kanawha County ended Monday evening, after the county reported, "federal resources have been exhausted."Though counties and the National Guard were responsible for coordinating the water distribution, the state government and West Virginia American Water supplied the water.