Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asks for more bottled water distribution - Business, Government Legal News from throughout WV

UPDATE: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asks for more bottled water distribution

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a letter to West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre Jan. 30 saying 20 days after the initial chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe tap water, requests are still coming in for bottled water.

Tomblin asks, in the letter, for West Virginia American Water Company to make potable and bottled water for West Virginians in the nine-county area.

"To date, more than 17.5 million bottles of water have been distributed to residents in the nine affected counties, at an estimated cost of $889,575 to the state," Tomblin's letter states. "While the DO NOT USE order has been lifted, my staff continues to receive calls from constituents and organizations requesting bottled water be made available in their communities."

West Virginia American Water responded to Tomblin's request with a statement, saying the company had "already committed to procuring 20 additional tractor-trailer loads of bottled water," after a phone call with Tomblin.

The statement said the additional bottled water will bring the company's contribution to 33 truckloads of water, at a cost of approximately $132,000.

"Furthermore, when emergency response efforts began following the chemical spill on Jan. 9, West Virginia American Water immediately deployed 14 water tankers and six truckloads of bottled water to assist at bulk water distribution sites," the statement continues. "The company recently purchased two additional 7,000 gallon bulk tanker trailers, which arrived today and will be available as soon as they receive proper licenses, food-grade washes and distribution headers."

According to West Virginia American Water, all bottled and bulk water it contributes will continue to be coordinated for distribution through the National Guard.

Tomblin said he also has requested more help from the Federal Emergency management Agency as well as the Small Business Administration.

Click HERE  to read more about those requests.

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