West Virginia Residents Struggle with Contaminated Water, Following Chemical Spill
WEST VIRGINIA -- There's no word yet on when hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia will be allowed to use their water. People replenished their bottled water supplies at a pick-up point in Charleston Sunday, while the health department delivered safe water to people who couldn't get out. A state of emergency means the water in the pipes there and in nine counties is off limits, except for flushing toilets, after a chemical spill polluted the Elk River last week. The governor says testing shows the situation is improving, but didn't say when life will get back to normal.
"No order will be given to lift or change what is currently in place until the inter-agency team has confirmed throughout the system that we are at the appropriate levels and the Department of Health, Public Health has signed off on the final numbers for the evaluation," said West Virginia Governor, Earl Tomblin.
Schools and businesses will be closed Monday, but state offices will be open. Many organizations are offering help to the state in the wake of this disaster.
Over the weekend retail giant Walmart shipped more than 30 truckloads of water and other essential groceries to stores and clubs in the affected area.
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