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Bottled Water Trucked In to Aid During Tap Water Ban in West Virginia

(CNN)--WEST VIRGINIA-- It is still not clear when people in nine West Virginia counties will be able to use tap water again.
(CNN)--WEST VIRGINIA-- It is still not clear when people in nine West Virginia counties will be able to use tap water again. 

For the time being, the department of homeland security is trucking in bottled water for them to use. The ban started Thursday when it was discovered 7,500 gallons of a dangerous chemical leaked into the water supply.

"As soon as we can, fresh water, clean water," that's the plea from more than 300,000 people waiting to learn their tap water is safe. It has been more than 48 hours since they were told to stop using the water and the end of the ban is still unknown but they are anticipating it taking days. 

"You feel hopeless and you think about what it's gonna cost all these businesses," said Mayor Danny Jones. " I almost forgot it was a weekend because it's always so busy." Every restaurant has been closed since Thursday when the chemical leak was detected.

Authorities continue to test the water for the chemical, which is typically used to clean coal.  In the meantime, the main priority for thousands is finding water that's safe to drink and use. FEMA has already sent truckloads of water to help residents with that task.

County officials say the longer this goes on the greater the concern for those vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, who may not be able to go out of their home to get more bottled water. The attorney's office says it is investigating the chemical leak.
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