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UPDATE: Water Donated Locally For Chemical Spill Victims

By: Todd Baucher, Danielle Staub Email
By: Todd Baucher, Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 2/14/2014 5:10 PM

The effort to make sure people in West Virginia communities have safe water can be tapped right here at home.

Headed up by Twisted Sisters in Marietta, community members, churches, businesses and Washington State Community College joined together, collecting more than 1,000 gallons of water.

They put all of it into different storage areas Friday to send to Charleston next week.

"I mean you've got to think about how much you use in showering, dishes....everything we do we use water. We are suppose to drink so much water per day and if we have no water....we do care we do want to help, and having local businesses and the college work together shows a community that really works together and comes together when people are in need," says Cameron Quick, from WSCC.

Volunteers say they are extremely worried that even this water won't be enough.

So they are not stopping the collection.

Any water people want or can donate, they will deliver to those who need it.


UPDATE 2/14/2014 11:05 AM

Sending water to those who are still without.

Twisted Sisters and Washington State Community College teamed up.

They will be sending off around 600 gallons of water.

In just a week, faculty, staff and students at Washington State gathered all this water to help those in West Virginia affected by the chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston.

"I think one of the things that hit home here at Washington State was our dialogue about, well have you ever thought what you would do without water, and then we started talking about it, then it became a stark realization, yeah if we can help, this is an easy way to do it," says Tanya Wilder, an instructor at Washington State.

Twisted Sisters has even more at the store.

Friday morning they are loading it all into a truck, donated by Iddings Trucking Company in Marietta.


Thousands of West Virginians are still reluctant to drink the water.

And a Marietta business wants to make sure to get fresh supplies.

Twisted Sisters Boutique is collecting bottled water by the gallon to ship to the areas still affected by last month's chemical leak.

While the effort continues at least until next week, the first shipment went Friday to Putnam County.

"I turned on the faucet one day to brush my teeth, and decided how lucky I was, and decided to help my West Virginia friends," says Twisted Sisters co-owner Debbie Pritchett. "So what we're doing is challenging anybody and everybody to help us and donate as much water as you can."

More than 200 gallons has been collected so far.

The effort has been helped not only by the publicity the water crisis has received locally, but also throughout the country.


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