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Utility officials say Evansville water is safe

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EWSU tests water for MCHM using high-end equipment: gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer EWSU tests water for MCHM using high-end equipment: gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has released the first water test results after that massive chemical spill in West Virginia.

Many in the Tri-state woke up Monday wondering about our water supply. "Is our water from the Ohio River safe?" That's the big question.

14 News spoke with someone at the Evansville water filter plant Monday morning.

He tells us they've been testing the water since about 10 o'clock Sunday night.

Based on projected arrival times upriver, the peak of the plume was expected to reach Evansville at 10 a.m. Monday, when concentration of the chemical was expected to be at its highest.

EWSU says tests have indicated concentration continues to be below 1 part per billion, rendering the chemical below detection level.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the levels of MCHM below 50 parts per billion (ppb) do not pose a public health concern.

EWSU says it will continue monitoring the water for MCHM and applying carbon treatment as a precaution. EWSU says they began treating all intake water with activated carbon treatments at noon Sunday and will continue activated carbon treatments through 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There is no detection of MCHM in Evansville's drinking water. Utility officials expect levels of MCHM will continue to be undetectable as the peak of the plume travels away from the City.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app.

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