Low Chemical Levels in Louisville Good News for Tri-State

The Louisville Water Company reported low levels of the chemical that was spilled into the Elk River earlier in the month. The chemical is now flowing through the Ohio River toward the Tri-State.

The Louisville Water Company reported low levels of the chemical that was spilled into the Elk River earlier in the month. The chemical is now flowing through the Ohio River toward the Tri-State.

Allen Mounts, director of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, said the reported low levels are good news.

Mounts said the plume is expected to arrive in Evansville early Monday morning. He said he’s not too concerned because the chemical is so diluted, but the city will still use activated carbon as a treatment. Louisville used the same treatment. Mounts said they will begin the process Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, Mounts said people may notice a sweet, licorice-like scent when the plume arrives, but after seeing Louisville’s findings, he said that may not happen.

Mounts expects the spill to take 24 to 30 hours to pass through the Evansville area. He said it may take a week to get through the entire system.

If anyone is concerned, Mounts suggested buying bottled water. But, he said he will be drinking the water and that it will be safe. 

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