CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After reports surfaced in recent days of a second chemical contaminating the Elk River and the possibility of chemicals combining to form formaldehyde, some local leaders are calling for the reinstatement of water distribution.
Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, issued a statement Wednesday asking for distribution sites to be re-established. Many sites throughout the nine-county area affected by the contamination, including schools, churches and volunteer fire departments, had set up water distribution points for people who could not use their water. Water distribution ended January 24. But Poore said people still don't trust their water.
"Residents within these nine counties, myself included, already lacked confidence in the safety of their water supply," Poore said. "Now, as I am astonished to learn, the situation could be even worse than previously imagined."
Poore has planned a town hall meeting for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Street in Charleston. She is also hoping to get area students interested in holding a similar meeting, where she hopes experts can answer additional questions.
"I have countless questions that have not been answered, and I know fellow residents do too," she said. "I am inviting anyone with information about the safety of our water to attend and share information with us."Poore also is running for Congress in the 2nd U.S. House district.