180,000 People are still without water, five days after a chemical spill caused a quarter of the State’s water supply to become undrinkable. In areas where the ban was lifted, residents say the water is anything but safe.
Early today West Virginian water officials started partially lifting the water ban for some residents. Despite reassurances from authorities that some of the local tap water is safe, locals aren’t so convinced – especially after you see what’s coming out of their taps.
Here are some of the images, and messages that angry residents have been posting on Twitter:
— Mendi StottsStarcher (@MelindaStarcher) January 15, 2014
— Lynn Kessler (@KValleyParent) January 15, 2014
Even more troubling, is according to local news reports a number of people have fallen ill after drinking water that was deemed safe by water officials. Patients started again showing up at local hospitals with bright red rashes, peeling skin, eye irritation, and stomach problems.
Toxic water heading towards Ohio
Officials in Ohio are starting to monitor their water supply, as the chemical that caused the water ban in West Virginia makes its way downstream via the Ohio River. Cincinnati started taking steps to protect residents and shut down the city’s water intake valves – hoping to protect the city’s water supply as the chemical passed along the Ohio river.