More in W.Va. cleared to use water after spill

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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Downtown businesses and restaurants began to reopen after water was declared safe to drink in parts of West Virginia’s capital, but life has yet to return to normal for most of the 300,000 people who haven’t been able to use running water in the five days since a chemical spill.

It could still be days before everyone in the Charleston metropolitan area is cleared to use water, though officials say the water in certain designated areas was safe to drink and wash with as long as people flushed out their systems. They cautioned that the water may still have a slight licorice-type odor, raising the anxieties of some who believed it was still contaminated.

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