Alabama Utility Warns Against Drinking Water


A north Alabama utility is telling people not to drink its tap water because of chemical contamination.

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority held a news conference Thursday in Decatur about potentially hazardous levels of two chemicals in water from the Tennessee River.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an advisory about the chemicals, and authority general manager Don Sims says the system’s 10,000 customers shouldn’t drink or cook with tap water since it contains them.

Officials plan to build a temporary filtering system, but a permanent one won’t be operational until fall.

Tests have found perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate in the system’s water. The authority filed a federal lawsuit last year blaming contamination on companies including 3M, but the corporation says there’s no proof of any harm.

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