VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Residential drinking water is now the focus of a state investigation and cleanup in Vienna after an oil spill last week.
Residents will be able to pick up free bottled water after a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Mathews High School cafeteria, where officials plan to discuss the spill with residents.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley secured 2,000 cases of drinking water from the Nestle Company.
“Imagine what it would be like to find out now that your drinking water is no longer able to be produced. So that is a very scary thought. We thought that by securing this water, we would be able to help the people in Vienna and obviously other people in Trumbull County, if need be,” Second Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Michael Iberis said.
Last week, thousands of gallons of waste oil from a Vienna township business spilled into a wetlands area and stream. Fish, turtles and other wildlife were killed.
Public health leaders don’t think private wells were polluted, but they have to make sure. A spokesperson from the Ohio EPA said the agency was doing targeted well sampling on Monday and the samples will be expedited to get the results back quickly.
In the meantime, the company has used piping and buoys to keep the oil from spreading.
Cleanup is continuing and the Ohio EPA spokesperson said the agency is still investigating the source and what the contaminant is.
State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Hubbard, said the company, and several government agencies, are working together to figure out what went wrong.
“We know what is causing it. We know where it is coming from. We just don’t know specifically which tanks. So they are digging up all the tanks to determine where the leak is at the site. The spill itself has been contained, we know that much,” O’Brien said.