The morning sun rises over the Coal River in Whitesville, WV, home to base of operations for the WV Clean Water Hub. The WV Clean Water Hub is an organization formed to deliver water and supplies to people needing safe drinking water after the Elk River chemical spill Jan. 9. Past experience with government and the failure of agencies that have been entrusted to protect them and their environment over the years are at the heart of distrust many West Virginian’s feel after the Elk River chemical spill. Although state authorities have declared the water ok to use, and the CDC has even used t

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The morning sun rises over the Coal River in Whitesville, WV, home to base of operations for the WV Clean Water Hub. The WV Clean Water Hub is an organization formed to deliver water and supplies to people needing safe drinking water after the Elk River chemical spill Jan. 9. Past experience with government and the failure of agencies that have been entrusted to protect them and their environment over the years are at the heart of distrust many West Virginian’s feel after the Elk River chemical spill. Although state authorities have declared the water ok to use, and the CDC has even used t
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The morning sun rises over the Coal River in Whitesville, WV, home to base of operations for the WV Clean Water Hub. The WV Clean Water Hub is an organization formed to deliver water and supplies to people needing safe drinking water after the Elk River chemical spill Jan. 9. Past experience with government and the failure of agencies that have been entrusted to protect them and their environment over the years are at the heart of distrust many West Virginian’s feel after the Elk River chemical spill. Although state authorities have declared the water ok to use, and the CDC has even used the word ‘safe’ as of Feb. 24, a State of Emergency is still in effect for nine counties in the state, giving residents little confidence in the actual safety of their drinking water. Many with children are seriously considering moving out of state, while others are trying to figure out how they are going to pay for bottled water as long as they live in the affected counties. It seems that at least for the foreseeable future, until long-term studies on the water can be conducted, uncertainty about whether the water is actually safe to use for all purposes will continue.