Kanawha County Families Cautious About Swimming After Chemical Leak


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Many kids plan on diving into the summer by taking a swim in the pool. But this year, many parents are saying not so fast.

“I just don’t feel it’s safe,” said Miranda Dunlap, whose 5-year-old son loves going to the pool. “I know they say it is safe to drink, but I just don’t trust it.”

Ever since the Freedom Industries chemical leak contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 WV American Water customers, families have been cautious about everything. Those previously nervous about cooking and bathing with tap water are now afraid of swimming in it.

“They’re surrounded by water [when they swim],” said Dunlap. “It’s getting into every single pore, so it’s definitely more exposure.”

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