Some Western Pennsylvania water and construction companies are assisting in the response to a chemical spill in West Virginia by transporting clean drinking water there, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania American Water said Friday.
A chemical spill from Freedom Industries into the Elk River on Thursday led officials to ban 300,000 people from using tap water. The federal government and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a disaster.
An advisory was issued for West Virginia American Water customers in nine counties, including Boone, Cabell, Clay and Jackson.
“We learned about the incident last night and we started mobilizing as soon as we heard about it,” said Josephine Posti, a spokeswoman at Pennsylvania American Water, a sister company of West Virginia American Water.
Penn American is sending 17 water tankers to the Charleston area, she said. The tankers hold 500 to 6,300 gallons of water, she said.
Al's Water Service in Canton, Washington County, sent three of its tankers Friday and will send two more on Saturday, Posti said.
One company, RC Stahlnecker in Milton, Northumberland County, doesn't have a license to cross state lines, so it is transporting Penn American's water tanker to Pittsburgh, from which a Robinson-based Marine construction contractor, Casper Colosimo & Son Inc., will take it to Charleston, Posti said.
In addition, Penn American filled three tankers Friday morning from the company's fire hydrant on the South Strabane Fire Department's property, she said.
The Associated Press contributed. Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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