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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 Kanawha-Charleston Health Department conducted the random telephone survey of 499 adults in the county from April 3 through 8. The results were released Monday.

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.


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