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WMEL Water Authority: Chemicals reduced, drinking advisory remains in effect

West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority officials said Tuesday their first test results show a steep reduction of dangerous chemicals in the drinking water, but the advisory to not drink the water is still in place. (Source: WAFF) West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority officials said Tuesday their first test results show a steep reduction of dangerous chemicals in the drinking water, but the advisory to not drink the water is still in place. (Source: WAFF)
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority officials said Tuesday their first test results show a steep reduction of dangerous chemicals in the drinking water, but the advisory to not drink the water is still in place.

The results from two tests are the first of several tests.

Three samples taken Monday will be tested within the next week. WMEL Water Authority General Manager Don Sims said the advisory won't change until their status with the state department of public health changes.

WMEL Water Authority officials said they hope that if those results are good the Alabama Department of Public Health will release them from the list of systems over the EPA health advisory levels.

The initial two tests show the level of perfluorinated chemicals in the drinking water at a little more than a third of EPA"s guideline. Decatur Utilities water is being used to flush the system until another temporary fix, a carbon filtration system, can be installed by late September.

Some residents said even if the advisory is lifted, they won't feel safe drinking the water. 

The grassroots group, Concerned Citizens of WMEL Water Authority, held their second meeting Tuesday with a former EPA official

"We have a lot of people with very serious diseases here that have never worked in a plant or has never been exposed to any chemicals in their life, that's been homebound. And we have a lot of elderly and homebound citizens here that are very, very sick," said Courtland resident Brenda Hampton.

The emergency management agency directors for Lawrence County and Morgan County said bottled water donations are gone. Anyone who wants to donate can do so at the United Methodist Church in Decatur or at Food Bank of North Alabama in Huntsville.

For more information on Concerned Citizens of WMEL Water Authority, click here.

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