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Danger: Cincinnati Closes Ohio River Water Intake Over Possible Contamination

Cincinnati has closed its Ohio River water intake and switched to water reserves as a safety precaution in response to the train disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) shut off Ohio River water intake on Friday and switched to water reserves, with the anticipation that the chemical plume traveling down the river from East Palestine will reach the city, according to a report by WXIX.

While the chemicals that spilled as a result of the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine have not been detected in the Cincinnati area, the water department is nonetheless taking the safety precaution.

“We are taking this preventative step to ensure the health, safety, and confidence of residents,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said.

City manager Sheryl Long said, “Our City Administration is prepared for these types of events,” adding, “I understand the concern, and I’m confident that temporarily shutting off the Ohio River intake is the best move.”

Long also said there is “zero risk that our water reserves contain contaminants from the train derailment site, and tapping these reserves will give us all peace of mind.”

Greater Cincinnati Water Works Supervisor Jess Swertfeger said that when the water from the Ohio River is eventually turned back on, they will treat it, adding, “We know what we need to do for treatment.”

Swertfeger also explained that while the plume from East Palestine has dissipated, the area of the water that had the toxic chemicals is expected to pass through Cincinnati on Monday.

Despite EPA Administrator Michael Regan asking East Palestine residents to “trust the government” when the EPA says the water is safe to drink in the wake of the toxic chemical spill, many locals remain very concerned.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Saturday, Ohio Sen. Michael Rulli (R-Salem) implored residents within a ten mile radius of East Palestine not to drink the water.

“Anyone within ten miles, I am begging you not to drink the water. I am begging you not to bathe in the water. It is not safe,” Rulli said.

READ 18 COMMENTS
  • Wtf says:

    They should bottle it and give it to the White House

  • Gunny says:

    Ohio DOES NOT own the Ohio river, it also belongs to Kentucky and West Virginia. These states will also sue the hell out of the company that spilled this toxic crap. Butt boy needs to do his job.

  • Laura says:

    If anyone in the EPA or appointed political positions refuse to drink a glass of water from any of the homes directly within a mile radius of where the derailment happened should tell you how much they’re keeping from the public and that their claims of “everything being okay” is simply not true. If they expect everyone affected to continue to drink and bathe in this water, they should volunteer to drink it themselves, right? The railroad unions all support the demonratic party; 86% of all donations they make are to the liberal party. They will be protected, the real truth will be covered up and we’ll never truly know the truth, just like everything else destructive this party has done to our country. I smell sabotage.

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