CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia American Water will begin changing the water filters that were in place during the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people.
Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the process will begin on Monday and may take eight weeks or longer. She says only two of their 16 filters can be changed each week while maintaining water service.
Residents have expressed concern that these filters have not already been changed, and some have demanded they be changed in letters to the company.
In February, water company president Jeff McIntyre told the Legislature changing the filters would be both costly and unnecessary. At that time, delegates told him changing the filters would go a long way to boost the public’s trust.