In order to prove that the city water in East Palestine, Ohio is safe enough to drink, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and several local officials chugged some down.
Following a train derailment and subsequent chemical spill, residents of the state have some concerns, including the possible effects the chemical had on local city water.
In an effort to prove that the city’s water supply is safe to consume, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Fire Chief Keith Drabick, Police Chief James Brown, and Mayor Trent Conaway joined forces to take a drink themselves.
The video was posted on Husted’s Twitter account in the hopes of boosting confidence:
#EastPalestine Fire Chief Chief Keith Drabick, Police Chief James Brown, and Mayor Trent Conaway have a message for their fellow community members— The water is safe and they are working around the clock to keep it that way. pic.twitter.com/U0btfmFKVa
— Lt. Governor Jon Husted (@LtGovHusted) February 17, 2023
Mayor Conaway advised that though municipal water was safe, those who use well water should get it tested. Additionally, he recommended staying away from streams and creeks which have not been deemed safe.
Comments on the video made clear a number of people remain skeptical even after the stunt:
Where’s the independent air, water & soil testing results? Good time for a second opinion!
— Randall Atmos (@AtmosRandall) February 18, 2023
Come back a year or two from now and check the water we have not had any rain or snow to let it Leach in to the soil!
— Dave Danko (@DaveDanko1) February 17, 2023
“The water in Flint, Michigan is safe.”
“The air during the events of 9/11 is safe”
“The burn pits are safe.”
I don’t think that word means what the government or EPA thinks it means.
— De Man (@DeMan70348705) February 18, 2023
So someone is willing to drink a glass of water from the tap. 2 things, the spill just happened and has’t gone down to the water table yet. Also, who cares what another person will do. Have you seen people smoke? Drink excessively? Just because they did it doesn’t make it safe
— Jim Monroe (@3658_1) February 18, 2023
Wondering if there is some kind of water filtration system in the building that the “common” household wouldn’t have/afford?
— Jay C. (@SoloCupFull) February 17, 2023
What is the cheers all about? So disturbing
— Brook (@Tiredofitall23) February 18, 2023
While you drink 1 cup of contaminated water probably not gonna kill you, how about having to live in East Palestine/Surrounding area & thats all you have, to drink, cook, shower, clean with… THAT WATER IS NOT SAFE!!!!!
— Leah (@LeahJMcDougal) February 18, 2023
You should be ashamed of yourself. You get to go back to your cozy unpolluted home. Must be nice!
— Coal In my Blood (@LaurieAuld1) February 17, 2023
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