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Nearly one-fourth of respondents to West Virginia chemical spill survey ignored water-use ban
Reported by: Associated Press
Monday, May 12, 2014 5:01 PM EDT
Nearly one-fourth of Kanawha County residents responding to a health survey say they ignored a water-use ban in some form after a January chemical spill in West Virginia.
The Jan. 9 spill of a coal-cleaning agent from Freedom Industries' plant into the Elk River in Charleston contaminated 300,000 people's tap water in nine counties.
A do-not-use order lasted four to 10 days, depending on the areas where it was lifted in stages. The order allowed only toilet flushing and for dousing fires.
Twenty-three percent of respondents said they used their tap water for other purposes during the ban, including some who said they drank it.