Contaminated West Virginia Elk River empties into Ohio River - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Officials ensuring West Virginia contaminates stay out of Ohio river

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Local water officials in the Tri-State are keeping a close eye on the Ohio river. 

Officials say the contaminated Elk River in West Virginia empties into the Ohio river about 200 miles upstream of Cincinnati.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works is constantly checking with water quality. If they detect a problem, they say they can prevent contamination from entering their treatment plant.

Michelle Ralston of Greater Cincinnati Water Works says, "We have 13 river monitoring stations up and down the Ohio river so what that can allow for is early detection so we can kind of track it as it's coming down the Ohio river and take all necessary precautions we need to take to keep our drinking water safe."

Greater Cincinnati Water Works says it has a three day water supply of water set aside. So far, there haven't been any problems reported. 

On Monday, Mayor John Cranley spoke out on what the city is doing to protect its water source. FOX19's Sara Celi will have the details of the press conference Monday evening at 6:30. 

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