- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia American Water is beginning the long process of changing water filters that were in place during the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people.

Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan says the process begins Monday and may take eight weeks or longer. She says only two of the water plant’s 16 filters can be changed each week while maintaining service.

Residents have expressed concern that these filters have not already been changed. Some have demanded they be changed in letters to the company.

In February, water company president Jeff McIntyre told the Legislature changing the filters would be both costly and unnecessary. At that time, lawmakers told him changing the filters would go a long way to boost the public’s trust.

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