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A Class Act

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

We applaud Rachel Cain and others who organized the collection of water last week for Paden City residents.

This is the first, that we have knowledge of, that residents have been given free drinking water after they found out the city’s water supply is contaminated with PCE.

Cain and others took it upon themselves to donate their efforts to collecting water from businesses as far away as The Highlands and the Marietta/Parkersburg area.

Cain and fellow citizens collected 500 cases of water and over 200 gallon jugs.

Not only could residents visit Paden City High School on Friday to receive a case of water for drinking/cooking, but they also could attend a town meeting – organized by citizens – held after the water giveaway, to address questions and concerns about the water contamination and perhaps garner some information on what the upcoming days and weeks hold. You can read more from the meeting in this week’s paper.

Despite the immense collection of water, and even the offer of delivery to those with transportation or health issues, Cain was humble when she publicly noted via Facebook “I know it’s not much, but it will help.”

The collection and disbursement of drinking water won’t fix the issue of PCE contamination. However, we also know that actions speaks louder than words, and we applaud Cain and others for taking action.