Local crews are working around the clock monitoring the area
water supply after oil spilled into the James River in Lynchburg.
"That's really not good news," said Henrico resident Susan
Self who has a plan of her own. "Stick to bottled water for a little while."
Self is not alone.
"I think I'm going to
keep my fingers crossed and buy some bottled water," said Henrico resident
We were allowed exclusive access inside the Henrico Water
Treatment plant. We observed some of the emergency operations crews are taking
to make sure your drinking water is safe.
"We are going to increase the disinfection levels that we
have at our water treatment plant," said Bill Mawyer who is Assistant Director
of Henrico Public Utilities. "We've met
with all of our emergency response personnel and the county manager. We are all
monitoring the situation and prepared to act if necessary."
Mawyer notes the county has also filled their water storage
tanks as a precaution. We are told the 17 tanks hold about 35 million gallons
of water. Mawyer says they could serve the county for at least two days in case
of an emergency.
"Is the water safe to drink?" we asked Mawyer.
"The water is safe in Henrico County," replied Mawyer.
Richmond made that same declaration in an afternoon news
conference. DPU's spokesman Angela
Fountain announced the city has released booms on top of the water to skim off
any oil coming down the James River. It also activated emergency response teams
and is ready to switch the water supply to Tuckahoe Creek, if needed.
"Chesterfield County has physically isolated its supply of
drinking water from Richmond, and will provide water service to county
residents from its two other water sources, Swift Creek Reservoir and Lake
Chesdin," said Chris Ruth with Chesterfield County. "Officials do not expect
that residents will experience any apparent changes in their water service due
to this incident."
Richmond customers are affected by the changes. Approximately 300,000 Henrico customers
are affected by the changes. Officials continue to assure residents the water
remains safe to drink.
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