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West Virginia American Water has given the OK to use the tap water following the chemical spill on Thursday. They’ve been working to flush the 1,700 miles of pipes affected since it happened and have started to lift the ban on using the tap water for drinking, showering and other purposes on Monday zone by zone.
Areas that contain hospitals and nursing homes have been given clean water first, and Governor Earl Tomblin has tweeted that Zone 1’s ban had been “lifted.” Around 300,000 West Virginia residents near Charleston have been given the green light to use the tap water.
According to ABC News, FEMA provided 2 million liters of fresh water over the weekend following Thursday’s chemical spill into the Elk river. It’s estimated that about 7,500 gallons of the chemical s 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked through a one-inch hole, affecting 15 percent of the state’s population.
"Most people did not know a whole lot about this chemical. We've had to do a lot of research,” said Gov. Tomblin said on Sunday.