MASONTOWN, W.Va. – Preston County residents alongside “West Virginia Working Families”, gathered in Masontown to raise awareness about water quality within the county.
Residents say they lack clean and safe water, affecting their ability to drink, cook, and bathe in their own homes.
Many locals brought water from their homes to show how poor the quality is. Some said they’re forced to transport water in jugs just to complete everyday tasks like cooking and washing dishes.
“The water, on a good day, smells like dirt or tastes like dirt. On a bad day, it smells or tastes like west dog. So, we don’t use it to drink, we also don’t cook with it or anything like that. Basically, anything we’re going to consume we have to use water we can’t get locally,” said Reedsville local, Zebulon Lewis.
Those in attendance urged government leaders, including Governor Jim Justice to act in the wake of the West Virginia water crisis.