Evansville monitoring West Virginia chemical spill impact

The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) tells 14News it is closely monitoring the chemical spill in that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia.

EWSU is getting regular updates from the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Contaminants from the spill are being measured at several points along the Ohio River, including Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; Maysville, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

A report yesterday showed a concentration of 36 parts per billion at Huntington.

There is still no exact time when the chemical plume will reach the Evansville area.

EWSU will conduct daily routine tests on the intake water, as usual, and use carbon treatment if any level of the chemical is detected here.  This method has been used effectively by other water utilities affected by the spill.

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