Hawkins Co. water officials test supply following Eastman blast

(PHOTO: T Culbertson / WCYB)

Wednesday's explosion at a coal gasification plant at Eastman Chemical Company led to some concerns from surrounding towns on several items including drinking water supplies.

News 5 contacted the First Utility District in Church Hill to see if they had seen a difference in their water supply coming from the Holston River after the incident.

We've learned they started testing the water at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning up stream and at their plant. Those tests continued throughout the day Thursday.

Data showed that at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night the operation did see a little spike in their pH level. By that time, their water tanks were full and they weren't pulling water out of the river.

The level returned to normal by this morning.

The utility district said they couldn't say for sure that the incident caused the pH level to spike. They serve customers in Church Hill, Mount Carmel and other parts of Hawkins County.

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