WRGB Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Tap water may be out for days after W.Va. spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- It could be days before clean tap water is flowing again to several hundred thousand people in West Virginia following a chemical spill.

State officials met Saturday to discuss plans for flushing a West Virginia American Water system contaminated by Thursday's spill.

West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said at a news conference that sample test results must consistently show the chemical's presence is at or below a safe level before residents can resume using tap water.

The company issued the order Thursday after a chemical used to process coal spilled from a Freedom Industries plant into the Elk River in Charleston. The order applies to about 300,000 people.

A handful of people have been hospitalized since the spill.
   AP-WF-01-11-14 2056GMT