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This W.Va. water system had more Clean Water Act violations than anywhere in U.S.

WYOMING COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) Four Southern West Virginia water systems rank in the top ten for the highest number of Clean Air Act violations in the U.S. The violations ranged from missed deadlines to Arsenic and Fecal Cloriform violations. 

Herndon Community Water has been the worst violator of the Clean Water Act for nearly two years running out of all the water systems in the U.S. and U.S. territories — mainly because the residents do not test, treat, or report their results.

Residents of Herndon Community do not dispute the results when asked, but do stand behind their water which is pumped from a nearby mountain. 

"I drink it. Don’t care to one bit," said resident Charlotte Ford. 

Ford said there is no water operator, just a bunch of young men who clear brush off the spout, but lately she said that isn’t even happening. 

"It doesn’t concern me. I feel like it’s safe. Just like Mountain water you know." 

Still, Ford is looking forward to the Fall, when a spokesperson for  Eastern Wyoming County PSD has confirmed the company will be adding a line and service to Herndon Community. 

"I do hope it comes sooner. We’ll probably get it first because we’re closer to the road. But I hope it’s the whole community," adds Ford. 

There are other Southern West Virginia water systems that ranked in the top ten for highest number of violations at the end of 2017. They were Kanawha Falls, Anawalt, and Coal River Mountain’s water systems. 

WVVA News reached out to the West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources to find out what enforcement action, if any, has been taken.

The agency issued the following response. 

"DHHR provides regulatory oversight to all public water systems in West Virginia to ensure water systems are in compliance with the SafeDrinking Water Act.  When systems are not in compliance for one or more reasons, DHHR issues violations as required to this system. To address capacity development and noncompliance, DHHR has a mechanism in place through its Infrastructure Unit to provide technical assistance to build capacity and  low cost loans to systems; however, these systems must meet minimum requirements to qualify.  Herndon does not meet any of the minimum requirements due to its lack of management and its violation history.   Public water cannot be disconnected to these communities due to fire safety (response), sanitation, and overall public health concerns.  As such, the entire system is placed on a precautionary and continual boil water notice as a result of not having an operator."

To see how your water company stacks up, visit the EPA’s database at http://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/sfdw/f?p=108:200:::NO:::

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