The first stop for that chemical, possibly making it's way down the Ohio, was Evansville. Then it was Henderson. Tonight it's here in Mount Vernon. All three areas say they are taking precautions above and beyond to keep the water safe.
It happened some six-hundred miles away in the Ohio River last week. The chemical spill from West Virginia has water treatment facilities in the Tristate alarmed. "It's definitely kept us all on our toes the last few days. Nobody was really sure where it was going to be by the time it got here, so everybody has been monitoring it over the last week and just taking every precaution that we can," says Josh Thompson. Thompson is the Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator in Henderson. He says area facilities are keeping in communication. As Evansville water officials give the all clear, Henderson was next. "It reached here about five a.m. this morning," says Thompson.
Henderson also reports no detectable amounts of the chemical in the water, but as a precaution, several plants are adding a
'powdered activated carbon.' "The water is perfectly safe. Even when we did start up, we are feeding a powdered activated carbon that works like a sponge absorbing any contaminants and things like that" says Thompson. Just to prove the water is safe we taste it for ourselves.
The Ohio doesn't stop in Henderson. Water now flows to Mount Vernon, Indiana. In Mount Vernon, the water is safe to drink here too. Superintendent of Mount Vernon Water Works, Chuck Gray, says they have been taking samples fifty feet deep in the water. "It was projected to hit us at about six-thirty this evening," says Gray. He says Mount Vernon is also using the carbon treatment in their water as precaution. "The water is safe. There's nothing to fear. Go ahead and drink it just like you would normally. Use it for bathing, use it for dishes, we've got it under control," says Gray.