The WV House Health and Human Resources Committee is meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 3) to hear comments from West Virginia American Water as well as from state and local health officials in regards to Senate Bill 373.
Those in attendance include Jeff McIntyre, President of WV American Water, and Dr. Rahul Gupta, Kanawha Charleston Health Department
The committee meeting is taking place before a public hearing which set to begin at 5:30 in the House Chamber.
Jeff McIntyre spoke out about the recent water issue and what WV American Water feels. On being asked and getting most criticism is: Why didn't WV American Water shut down intake. McIntyre says it is complex-- the cold weather played a factor as they were working the hardest.
"Had we shut off the treatment plant... system would have gone depressurized" says McIntyre. He adds that faced with same circumstances would do same thing.
Also McIntyre says filters are not compromised and even if West Virginia American Water wanted to, they could not even replace or change the filters immediately but must wait until flows can allow for filters to be taken out of service, one at a time.
McIntyre says company sent letters out to delegates with constituents in affected area last night.
The letter addresses all of these concerns.
McIntyre appears before the committee again on Thursday.