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WV Community Can’t Drink the Water – Call Goes Out for Volunteers

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 By Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Contact
February 25, 2008

Boone County, WV – Clean, safe drinking water. Some West Virginians can't get it, and there's a relief effort in the works to help get it to them. Residents of the Prenter Hollow area in Boone County report their well water often comes out of their taps black, and not drinkable. Many are driving 10 to 20 miles to get water from the nearest municipal source.

Sarah Soltow with Community Lutheran Partners says it's an especially serious hardship for seniors, people with illnesses, and others who can't truck in their own water. Her group is working to bring in volunteers from around West Virginia to help.

"The call goes out for people with time to go to Boone County, with the resources, vehicles and gasoline -- and also with strong backs, to carry the water."

If enough volunteers help out, Soltow adds, it will meet the area's immediate need for water. It's not a long-term solution, however, and she hopes the state government will make it a priority to get a regular supply of clean water to the area.

"Bringing a truckload of water is going to be a band-aid to a group of people who may be looking at two to three years, if not more, in terms of getting public water brought out to their homes."

You can help with the effort by calling 304-582-4264.

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