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Evansville Officials Preparing for Chemical in Ohio River

A chemical from the West Virginia spill is in the Ohio River coming downstream.
A chemical from the West Virginia spill is in the Ohio River coming downstream.

Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts Allen Mounts estimates the chemical should arrive in the Evansville area around 3:00 a.m. Monday, so places further east may smell it hours earlier. He says they'll begin treatment with activated carbon Sunday afternoon which should minimize the smell a little.

Even though there may be an odor, Mounts wants to stress the water will be safe and drinkable. He says he doesn't believe people will taste any difference in the water.

"We do expect that it could take several days for the water that we're treating from the Ohio River to completely be used up in our system here," said Mounts. "We'll test our water for the presence of any chemical that's been treated. But, similar to Louisville, we'll find that there's no presence, no detectable presence in our system at all."

An Evansville lab manager is traveling to Louisville tomorrow to see their process and test results. Mounts says if you want to be extra cautious, you can buy bottled water.
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