Tuesday, January 14
(Charleston, WV) -- The water is okay to use again for a few thousand people in West Virginia this morning. Nearly a week after a chemical leak contaminated the water supply in nine counties, the West Virginia American Water Company lifted the do-not-use order for 26-thousand homes and businesses in the Charleston area Monday evening. The water company told people they could begin running water to flush the coal-cleaning chemical out of their pipes. The head of the state's Department of Environmental Protection said Monday night that he didn't know how long it will be before the water is safe for all of the 300-thousand people affected by the ban.