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Chemical Spill in West Virginia
Thousands Without Water After Spill in West Virginia

Quote:Officials said that up to 5,000 gallons of an industrial chemical used in coal processing seeped from a ruptured storage tank into the Elk River, just upstream of the intake pipes for the regional water company.

Authorities struggled to determine how much danger the little-known chemical, MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, posed.

“We don’t know that the water is not safe, but I can’t say it is safe,” said Mr. McIntyre of the water company. “The only appropriate use for this water is toilet flushing.”

The chemical, which smells like licorice, can cause headaches, eye and skin irritation, and difficulty breathing from prolonged exposures at high concentrations, according to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

I wonder how many people in that area had their own supply of water on hand? The main issue with this incident is, the fresh water plant probably had no method of detecting the chemical coming into it's system, nor does it appear they had a method of removing it from the water before it was distributed to the homes.
I'm assuming this would have no effect on people with wells right?
Just like anything else - you never know.

I really should use this as a reminder to increase the amount of my stored emergency water.
I currently only have 10-12 gallons of bottled water. (one gal. jugs)
A few years back in Delaware City a tank of sulfuric acid ruptured at the Motiva plant, one person was killed and they never found his body and several others were injured. Over 1 million gallons of acid escaped. So our area is no stranger to this happening either.
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This whole story is over sensationalized imo. 5000 gallons is nothing compared to the billions of gallons flowing down that river at any given time.

Regardless, I've still got my 4 polyethylene drums filled with water and a manual pump I can attach to them if the need ever arised. Mostly in case of long power outages and not being able to use the electric well pump for a period of time. Did this when sandy was rolling through.
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