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    Posted January 9, 2014 by
    Charleston, West Virginia
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    Chemical contaminates public water supply in West Virginia, close to 100,000 people without water.

    West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for 5 counties at 6pm citing a chemical leak at a local plant that contaminated the Elk River which supplies water for the West Virginia American Water processing facility in Kanawha County. Around 8pm, 3 additional counties were added to the DO NOT USE order.

    The state of emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties. Culloden in Cabell County is also under the advisory. No other Cabell County customers are effected.

    The Kanawha Charleston Health Department, which covers Kanawha and Putnam counties tells all permit holders in both counties, including daycares, universities, restaurants, and schools need to shut down.

    There is no estimated time when this will be repaired, according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The State of Emergency will be in place until Department of Health and Human Reasources, Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia American Water determine the water is safe.

    The information in this iReport and photo were all provided by WSAZ News Channel 3

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