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Tainted water from WV chemical spill now expected in Louisville by Friday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Water from the West Virginia chemical spill is now expected to reach Louisville Friday morning instead of Thursday night.

On Wednesday, Louisville Water Company scientists were testing the water in Cincinnati where intake valves were closed as a precaution.

The Water Company says the chemical -- which has a sweet licorice smell -- poses no threat to the local water supply and there are no plans to shut down the intake valves here.

Officials say they're not concerned because the water goes through treatment plants before flowing into customers' homes.

"Louisvillians are a little snobby when it comes to the taste of their water," said Louisville Water Company spokeswoman Kelly Dearing Smith. "We're known for good tasting water here. And we take taste very seriously."

Louisville Water Company officials say its scientists conduct 200 water quality tests each day.

Dearing Smith says even though Cincinnati shut its water intake valves as a precaution, "We don't think we need to. We really do not see a need to do that. It's a taste and odor issue. We can deal with it with the carbon at our Payne Plant in Prospect. River bank filtration means we don't have to shut those intakes down because the ground is going to filter that compound out for us."

She added: "Public health is what we do at Louisville Water."

For those who don't want to take any chances, Kroger says all Louisville and Southern Indiana stores will receive extra deliveries of bottled water this weekend.

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