One-Third of Charleston Area Customers Have Water

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About one-third of the West Virginia American Water customers affected by a do-not-use water advisory had been told they can use their tap water as of Tuesday evening, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday night."

"Officials said there is still no timeline to completely restore water to everyone in the nine counties affected by the leak of a coal-processing chemical into the Elk River last week. About 300,000 residents were under the advisory at its peak.

The water company told residents in parts of Charleston and South Charleston that they could flush the pipes in their homes on Monday. But by Tuesday evening, just three more areas, all in Kanawha County, had been added to that list."

Rachel Molenda reports for the Charleston Gazette January 15, 2014.


"Return to Normal in Parts of West Virginia Is Marred by Distrust" (New York Times)

"The Big Impact Of A Little-Known Chemical In W.Va. Spill" (NPR)

"Freedom Executive Kennedy Had Felonies" (Charleston Gazette)

"The Catch-22 In The Toxic Chemicals Law" (NPR)

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/15/2014