PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WOOD) — Plainfield Township residents worried about trace levels of a likely carcinogen in their municipal water might want to look south, to the Ohio River Valley.
In Parkersburg, West Virginia, where DuPont contaminated municipal water years ago, the tap now runs clean.
“I’d say right now we probably have the cleanest water going because of the filtration system, because it’s double-whammied,” said Joe Kiger, who sued DuPont over water contamination in 2001. “It’s double-filtered.”
The chemical known as PFOA that DuPont used to make Teflon made a mess of the water.
“It can kill you,” said Dr. Paul Brooks, who oversaw blood testing of 69,000 people in Parkersburg for a study of PFOA. “It may be a slow death.”
The chemical spread into six public water districts downriver, serving more than 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio. It led to lawsuits in 2001, then a settlement that included fixing the water. DuPont spent millions installing double-carbon filters for the public water systems and is required to maintain them.
The result: No more bad drinking water.
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