Clean Water for Paden City

On Wednesday, January 29, a statement was released about a chemical called Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) testing in high quantities within the drinking water supply of Paden City, West Virginia. 

The current quarterly average is 13.6ppb. The EPA maximum limit is 5ppb. Residents were first notified back in March 2019. Yet, PCE has read at levels as high as 49.6ppb in a city water well back in 2013. 

The residents of Paden City need clean water. PCE is linked to multiple cancers and illnesses associated with the central nervous system. From a small group of people knocking on doors in town during a weekend, we have noticed there is a large amount of people with what are supposedly rare illnesses. A group of passionate community members will be conducting a health survey of residents to map the locations and clusters of illnesses in their town of less than 3,000 people.


The town received a $500,000 grant from the USDA to install aerators to remove the chemical. However, that process won't be finished for 4 to 6 months. They have a larger process to remove and replace water storage tanks and water mains through town, but in the meantime residents need a source of water that is not actively poisoning them. 

Proceeds acquired through GoFundMe will be used to acquire drinking water for the Paden City residents, cover costs for water sample tests, and purchase supplies needed for the community health survey. 

The relief efforts are coordinated by a group of women who live in the community and aren't going to stand for one more person's child getting sick from their drinking water in this town. The city is helping with the efforts, providing space for the water donations and distribution. They were denied emergency relief. 

The organizing group has started off with amazing success and energy. We will keep updating the GoFundMe page as we hit milestones in our fight for clean water. 

45330330_1581118234137614_r.jpegPhoto Credit: Maury Johnson

In the meantime, you can stay up-to-date with us on the PADEN CITY WATER CRISIS Facebook page.

45330330_1581119771367600_r.jpegThis photo shows a home filter system being flushed. The darkest is the second bucket full. It took 9 buckets to run clear.


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Hannah Spencer 
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Paden City, WV
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Neal Laferriere 
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