Morgantown, W.Va. – As mining companies close and leave Appalachia, water systems
in these company towns are often abandoned. Eight water systems in southern
West Virginia are “intractable,” meaning the systems are no longer maintained and
the water is no longer treated, leaving residents vulnerable. In Garwood
(Wyoming County) water comes from an abandoned coal mine.
Inside Appalachia, a program on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, examined the question, “Is water from an abandoned coal mine fit to drink?” Reporter Anne Li asked Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, to comment on water testing results from coal mine water that feeds into Garwood’s derelict water system.