BUFFALO, W.Va. – It’s deja vu in Putnam County. Two days after the Do Not Use order was lifted, West Virginia American Water issued a Do Not Drink/Limited Contact notice to customers in Buffalo, Frazier’s Bottom and Pliny shortly before 7 a.m. Friday.

“New water sampling results indicate additional flushing and sampling is required in this area until
water quality sampling data can be determined.”

That was the word from a WVAWC press release.

“New sample results indicated a split sample result with one reading above 1 ppm and one reading below 1 ppm.”

Joe Martin is a member of Buffalo Town Council. He thought the worst was behind them.

“I was hoping we weren’t going to be back in this position but I guess we’re here,” he said.

He and several other town leaders were gathered at the Buffalo water distribution site talking about the latest warning.

“It didn’t really surprise me just by smelling the water. We’ve been smelling [licorice] for the past couple of days now,” he said.

Anita Walters, who lives in Midway, stopped by the distribution site to pick up more bottled water. She called the entire situation unacceptable.

“I am so frightened about the water! I do not trust it. I think it’s toxic.”

She said she has no faith left in West Virginia American Water.

“It’s scarey. I don’t trust them,” she stressed. “I just don’t trust what they’re saying.”

Just down the road at Stokes Grocery, John Tucker wasn’t putting the blame on WVAW but rather Freedom Industries.

“I know everybody is down on the water company but they don’t have control over the way [Freedom] stores their chemicals,” he said.

At the Buffalo Diner they were open for business. That’s because owner William Desimone is still using bottled water.

“We’re not using [tap water] at this point in time, just as a liability factor, good or not, until everything clears and everything settles down,” said Desimone.

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  • Deborah Dunbar

    In planning to protect our water, I hope they will focus on prevention. Do not allow hazardous chemicals to be stored near or injected in the ground around areas that could impact water resources.

  • dw in wv

    Read more about what you can do to protect your family at www.AWWA.org.

  • William

    Don't drink the KOOL-AID!

  • jake

    Utility companies are to big and cover to much area if they were broken down into smaller public service districts they would get their water from different wells in different areas. If smaller districts could be tied together but yet separated then if one district has a problem they could tie into another district and still have water or electric until the problem is solved.

  • Big Mo

    Call the Water Farming Commissioner, Walt Helmick. He will take care of you.

  • Larry

    If I lived in an affected area I'd show them, I'd have a well drilled and disconnect from the public water supply!

  • Rodney Hytonen

    How FAR "above" and how far "below?"

    And who took each sample or did each evaluation?

    Or do we even need to ask.