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Chemical leak fouls tap water in West Virginia

Faucets off, 300,000 make do

Posted: January 11, 2014 at 3:20 a.m.

City officials help direct traffic through a water distribution site set up at the South Charleston Recreation Center in South Charleston, W.Va., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, after at least 100,000 customers in nine West Virginia counties were told not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes using their tap water because of a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declaring a state of emergency Thursday for all those areas. The site opened before 9 a.m. with bottled water and a tanker truck, but was expected to run out of water about 90 minutes later. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia’s capital city stained bluegreen and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday that it was unclear when it might be safe again for even mundane activities like showers and laundry.

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