West Virginia American Water Monitoring Water Quality on Ohio River; Implementing Business Continuity Plan for Secondary Intake

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Feb. 12, 2023) – West Virginia American Water is monitoring water quality along the Ohio River following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. As of noon on February 12, source water monitoring and water quality testing have not detected any change to raw water at the company’s Ohio River intake, though as a precautionary measure the company has enhanced its treatment processes. The company is taking proactive and precautionary steps by implementing our business continuity plans, including installation of a secondary intake on the Guyandotte River, should the need arise to switch to an alternate source water. The health and safety of our customers is a priority, and there are currently no drinking water advisories in place for customers.

The public is asked to avoid the Guyandotte River access point and boat ramp near 3rd Ave., as this is an active staging area for West Virginia American Water construction crews and will be temporarily closed from time to time.

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 560,000 people. For more information, visit and follow West Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.