Concord University Offers Assistance Following Recent Chemical Spill

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 12 2014

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University Office of Advancement PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 (304)384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University community is reaching out to offer help to individuals affected by the recent chemical spill impacting water supplies in nine West Virginia counties.

The University contacted Concord students living in the affected areas who live in residence halls when classes are in session and invited them back to campus early so they can have access to clean water. This arrangement is being offered to the students at no cost. CU students needing additional information may contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life at or call 304-384-5231.

Classes for the spring semester start at Concord on Jan. 22 and students are scheduled to return to University housing beginning Jan. 20.

Concord representatives have also traveled to Charleston to distribute bottled water. Professor of Geography Dr. Joseph Manzo and his wife, Sharon Manzo, administrative assistant to the president, emeritus, drove a van load of water to the state capital on Sunday, Jan. 12. They distributed the water at the Heart & Hand Union Mission and at the East Bank Volunteer Fire Department.

Concord provided the van and gas for the trip and the West Virginia Geographic Alliance donated the water. Dr. Manzo is co-director of the Alliance.