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KY Won't Divert Spill-Contaminated Water

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:39pm
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Water Co. expects the plume from a chemical spill in the Elk River in West Virginia to reach Louisville on Friday morning but doesn't believe customers will find any change in drinking water quality.

Neither Louisville Water Co. nor Henderson Water Utility expects to need to shut off intake valves. The Gleaner in Henderson said the spill is likely to reach Henderson by Sunday morning.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported earlier that water systems in Ashland and Russell temporarily shut off their intakes early Monday as the plume passed in the Ohio River. The state said the level of the chemical was well below the amount federal officials say would be acceptable in drinking water.

Water officials in Henderson and Louisville say the chemical will dilute further and can be adequately treated by their facilities.

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