The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources held a public hearing Wednesday on the proposed water protection plans in Wheeling.
About a dozen people showed up to the meeting, which also addressed the water in Cameron and the Hammond PSD.
The intent of a Source Water Protection Plan is to identify strategies and minimize threats if a water emergency would occur. It would also help prepare for potential spills.
According to David Nickerson, the Superintendent with the Wheeling Water Department, a lot of people may misunderstand what it actually means if their water is dirty.
“They associate that with lead contamination. And that’s not necessarily the case. With lead contamination, you cannot see that in the water,” Nickerson said.
He added the water would be clear. “So when you have discolored water, that’s usually the result of iron or manganese that’s in the water, a lot of that is the result of cast iron mains that were put in many decades ago,” he said.
Discolored water can also be the result of water main breaks, or hydrants being left open.
Comments are still be accepted and can be sent in writing via mail, fax, or e-mail. Those submitted in writing should include the name, phone number and address of the sender.
They can be sent to: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau of Public Health, Office of Environmental Health, 350 Capitol Street, Room 313, Charleston, WV 25301. Attn: Source Water Protection Program.
They can be faxed to 304-558-4322 with “Protection Plan Comments” written near the top, or e-mailed to EEDSourceWaterProtection@wv.gov with “Protection Plan Comments” in the subject line.
Anyone interested in downloading a copy of the City of Wheeling Water Source Protection Plan can visit: http://www2.wheelingwater.com.