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Gov. Bentley, other officials respond to concerns about drinking water

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Governor Robert Bentley

Several government officials have commented on the situation with the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and the West Lawrence Water Co-op urging citizens not to drink the water until further notice.

Governor Robert Bentley said Thursday evening:

“As Governor, I take water quality issues very seriously. I understand the concerns that have been raised. We have highly-qualified state-level response agencies that continually monitor water quality and the impact to public health, and these agencies are working to assess the issue. In addition, my office has reached out directly to the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority, and we will be looking into the matter further. I encourage all impacted residents to continue to follow the Public Health Advisory that has not changed.”

This comes a week after Bentley reportedly slammed the EPA for changing its water standards. “You know, there has not been any credible evidence of diseases or related to water across this state. All you have to do is ask the department of public health and the physicians. This is totally ridiculous. The EPA is totally ridiculous,” WBRC reported Bentley said.

Congressman Robert Aderholt Thursday afternoon said:

“This situation is serious and demands the full attention of state, local and federal governmental agencies. At this time there are more questions than answers. The most immediate and pressing issue is to make sure this situation is resolved and that people in these impacted areas have access to safe drinking water. I have already reached out to the Governor to let him know that we stand ready to help facilitate action between state, local and federal officials.”