West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority to customers: “Do NOT drink our water”

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DECATUR, Ala. - The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority is addressing concerns from the public about the area's drinking water.  They're making a point very clearly, too: Customers are urged not to drink the water until further notice.

Water Authority managers are speaking at a news conference in Decatur, along with their attorney.  They are addressing questions about the impact a recent EPA advisory is having on the drinking water.  They are also addressing immediate and long-term plans to make the drinking water safe, as well as pending litigation against 3M.

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The EPA advisory has warned that exposure to elevated levels of contaminants can lead to health problems over time, including cancer and birth defects.

The district, along with the West Lawrence Water Co-op are the two water systems in Alabama placed under the advisory.  This comes after two contaminants were found in the Tennessee River.

Read extensive coverage on the water advisory and various concerns on WHNT.com.