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Columbus Water Officials Learn from West Virginia Chemical Spill

COLUMBUS (James Jackson/Kate Liebers) -- Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia were left without any tap water to drink after chemicals leaked into a river. The next day, ABC 6/FOX 28 asked if Columbus was prepared for a similar emergency.

Columbus Public Utilities officials said there is a plan in case of a chemical spill.

"We spend time A: Trying to figure out what could happen and B: What would we do in the event of those things happening," said George Zonders of the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities.

"Organizations at the city, countywide and even at the state level would immediately respond."

Department employees said they are keeping an eye on West Virginia and learning from that scenario.

Utilities officials said, in addition to the water-related catastrophes, they are also prepared for sewer and power issues at all times.
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