West Virginia water ban to be lifted in some areas soon
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 00:52
Jan. 13 - Officials in West Virginia will designate safe zones where people can begin to use tap water again following a chemical spill that tainted the water supply. Linda So reports.
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For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia are lining up for bottled water following a chemical spill that tainted the water supply last week.
But there is hope as frustrations mount.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED WEST VIRGINIA RESIDENT, SAYING:
"I just want to take a shower."
Officials who have been testing the water supply say some samples are starting to come back clean.
They'll begin to lift the water ban by zones where tests show its safe to use the tap water again.
It can't come soon enough for restaurants across town that have been forced to close their doors.
SOUNDBITE: BUSINESS OWNER JESSICA SCOTT, SAYING:
"We're at a loss. I'm losing business everyday. I'm going to lose my product from us not being able to sell it. It's tough."
The ban has affected 300,000 people in nine counties across West Virginia.
They haven't been able to use their tap water since last Thursday after a chemical leaked from a plant into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply.
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