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W.Va. water company to give treatment plant tours

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 10:47 am •  Published: July 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A water company whose Charleston treatment plant was contaminated by a coal-cleaning agent in January is holding public tours next week.

West Virginia American Water Co. will hold the free "WaterFest" event Aug. 9.

Spokeswoman Laura Jordan tells the Charleston Daily Mail ( it's the first time the company will hold such an event in Charleston designed to educate the public about the water treatment and distribution process.

It will include plant tours, demonstrations and recreational activities for children. A Charleston fire truck will be set up to enable children to put out a mock fire. There also will be water slides, inflatables, games and face painting.

The January chemical spill from the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River forced officials to order 300,000 people in nine counties to refrain from using their tap water for most uses for up to 10 days until the chemical was flushed out of the system.

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