We have just been told not to use our water for anything but
flushing toilets. We can not drink, wash clothes or dishes, cook or
take a bath in the water. Boiling the water will not help.
chemical leak was at 9:30 am this morning. They just told us about it
at 6pm. I have been drinking and cooking and washing dishes all day. I
guess I'm a guinea pig now. I drink a lot of water so if it doesn't
make me sick then it probably won't make anybody sick.
This affects all customers of the West Virginia- American Water System - approximately 100,000 people.
DR MICHAEL CASTELLINI, CHAIR MU CHEMISTRY: The 4-Methylcyclohexane
Methanol Leak will be colorless, with faint odor. It will be a skin
irritant if bathed with. It will be a
respiratory irritant. Drinking it would be like drinking a glass of
water with gasoline…one would immediately spit it out. If an ounce was
swallowed it would be a stomach irritant. All this said, the
concentration of the 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol would likely be small
enough to avoid major health issues. In other words, the contaminant
would be diluted as it moves downstream thru major rivers, such that the
concentration of the chemical would be muted/diluted.