Chemical Leak
4:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WVAM Says Halfway through Carbon Filter Replacement

The process to change out 16 activated carbon filters is now half complete at West Virginia American Water’s Charleston filtration plant. That change comes after the January 9th chemical spill into the Elk River, the source of intake for the plant.

West Virginia American Water's Charleston filtration plant.
West Virginia American Water's Charleston filtration plant.
Credit Foo Conner / Flickr

In a press release, American Water officials say the carbon in eight of the filters has been removed and replaced. Test results of the water being run through those new filters show no detection of MCHM at the lowest lab testing threshold.

The plant began changing out the filters in early April, almost three months after the spill occurred.

Water company officials say the work changing out the remaining eight filters is expected to take another nine weeks to complete.