Kanawha County tracking potential water threats

CHARLESTON (AP) — Kanawha County officials are creating a computer program to catalog hazardous materials storage sites that could threaten the county’s waterways.

C.W. Sigman is the county’s deputy emergency services director. The tells the Charleston Gazette that emergency services and Metro 911 officials are developing the computerized tracking system, which County Commissioner Dave Hardy requested in the aftermath of the January Elk River chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for about 300,000 residents of nine counties.

Hardy says officials need to be proactive in finding facilities that store hazardous materials. Sigman says there are several hundred in Kanawha County.

Sigman says five water plants provide drinking water to Kanawha residents, and all are supplied by rivers.

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