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Flushing and Testing Continues to Help Address Odor


Charleston, W.Va. (February 20, 2014) – West Virginia American Water today
announced that all points of testing throughout the water distribution
system shows that levels of MCHM from the Freedom Industries spill are
below 10 parts per billion (ppb). Ten ppb was established by the
interagency team as the "non-detect" level of MCHM in the water
distribution system and was based on the measurement capabilities of
multiple laboratories used during the event. This level is 100 times below
the standard established by the CDC at 1 part per million (ppm).

"While this information is important to communicate to our customers, we
have continued sampling water in our distribution system, and since
February 14, have been working with laboratories to measure levels down to
2ppb as we help address the remaining odor issues," said Jeff McIntyre,
president of West Virginia American Water. "We share our customer's concern
and anger over the impact the Freedom Industries spill has had on our
community. We know that odor has added to their concern, regardless of
levels, and we will continue to flush our distribution system to help
address this issue."

The company relayed that water tested at the treatment plant is below 2ppb
as well as nearly all points tested to date, with only four samples showing
above 2pbb.

"This additional data allows us to pinpoint our flushing activities and
address odor issues in an expedited fashion," added McIntyre. "These
additional efforts are solely to address odor issues and are not related to
any concern regarding health thresholds set by the CDC. Water testing
results indicate that water in the distribution system has been under the
health-protective threshold of 1ppm since January 18."

In addition, West Virginia American Water customers may have or will
shortly see credits on their bill. These credits are marked in a line
entitled "Flushing Credit" and will be reflected on bills received from
mid-February to mid-March depending on when meters were read.

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