Chesterfield says water supply unaffected by derailed train

(Source: WSLS)
(Source: WSLS)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield officials say a train derailment in Lynchburg which sent oil into the James River will not affect the county's drinking water supplies.

County officials say they physically isolated the county's supply of drinking water from Richmond, and will  provide water service to residents from its two other water sources, Swift Creek Reservoir and Lake Chesdin.

However, Richmond's Department of Public Utilities (DPU) says the city will stop taking water from the James River following the train derailment. The City says it has released booms on top of the water to skim off any oil coming down the James River. It also activated emergency response teams and is ready to switch the water supply to Tuckahoe Creek, if needed.

Approximately 200,000 Richmond customers are affected by the changes. The City assured residents the water remains safe to drink.

Lynchburg says its water supply is also unaffected.

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