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Louisville Water officials insist tap water is safe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Water officials expect the plume of the MCHM chemical that spilled into West Virginia's Elk River last Thursday to pass through Louisville Friday morning.

"Louisville's drinking water is safe. This is not a public health concern," said Louisville Water spokesperson Kelley Dearing Smith.

All week, officials at Louisville Water assured WDRB that the water will not be impacted and they're standing by their word.

"There will be no levels of this contaminant in your drinking water. Louisville Water can handle this situation," said Dearing Smith.

Some residents have voiced concerns.

"I can't blame them. I hope there wouldn't be panic but it's your health. You've got to wonder," Ward Wilson told WDRB.

"I can certainly respect the concern out of W.V. It heightens your awareness and it makes you a little nervous and I can respect that, but it's important for customers to understand that public health is what we do," said Dearing Smith.

Others say they trust those who filter Louisville's water.

"I think Louisville Water is a really good utility so I think they're going to err on the side of caution," said Wilson.

"There's a reason they have the jobs they have so I'm choosing to place trust in that," Louisville resident Emily Gue said.

But some questions remain.

"It's of concern because we don't know much about this chemical but I do believe the water company is going to be able to treat it well enough," said Wilson.

"I think I would probably be more careful if I was pregnant or had little children or something," Gue added.

Louisville Water says it's well-equipped to handle this type of incident through two treatment processes.

"This particular incident, we've dealt with much larger and we've never closed our intakes so we can handle what comes in. We're very used to dealing with the Ohio River," Smith Dearing told WDRB.

The plume will pass quickly through Louisville, in about 24 hours.

Kroger is stocking up on bottled water in Louisville and southern Indiana, just in case.

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