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Restaurants reopen with bottled water after West Virginia spill

Published on Jan 13, 2014 6:28 AM
 
A sign on the door notifies customers that a restaurant is closed due to the water emergency in South Charleston, West Virginia on Jan 11, 2014. Restaurants and shops were reopening on Sunday in parts of West Virginia where the water supply was poisoned by a chemical spill, although up to 300,000 people spent a fourth day unable to use tap water for anything besides flushing toilets. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA (REUTERS) - Restaurants and shops were reopening on Sunday in parts of West Virginia where the water supply was poisoned by a chemical spill, although up to 300,000 people spent a fourth day unable to use tap water for anything besides flushing toilets.

State government officials, the utility company West Virginia American Water and the National Guard were continuing to test the water supply on Sunday after as much as 28,000 litres of an industrial chemical leaked into the Elk River on Thursday.

It could still be several days before people in nine counties and Charleston, the state capital and largest city, can once again use the water from their faucets for drinking, cooking and bathing.

A dozen restaurants in Charleston had been allowed to reopen by Sunday afternoon by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department after assuring officials that they have secured a source of potable water.

 
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