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Several hundred thousand people in West Virginia remained without clean tap water for a third day Saturday following a chemical ...
spill and a water company executive said it could be days before uncontaminated water is flowing again. (Jan. 11)
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SHOTLISTAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYCharleston, West Virginia - January 11, 20141. Wide - water shooting into the Elk River near water treatment plant2. Mid - workers outside water treatment plant3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Wreman, resident of Kanawha county:"We can't cook, we can't bathe, can't clean dishes, you can't mop the floors because you can't get your hands in there."4. Close - water coming from bathroom faucet5. Mid - Bonnie Wreman shows how she puts a bag over the water faucet to help her remember not to use the tainted water6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Wreman, resident of Kanawha county, describing how she continued forgetting not to wash her hands:"Same way when you go into the bathroom and get out. Automatically, you wash your hands and I'd go do it without thinking. I done it about three (times), until I put the bags over it, so I could see them bags. And then that reminded me, 'don't put your hands in that water there.7. SOUNDBITE (English) Deno Stanley, owner of Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille:"It's impacted us greatly because we can't open, we can't serve food, what we're trying to do to offset that is, we're opening, selling legal beverages only and chips, for the customers. But you know, we have payrolls like any other business. We have payroll on Monday due, so it's pretty drastic right now, so we just try to kind of 'ham and egg it' and get through this."8. Wide - Alephia Sports Bar and Grille9. Mid - sign on Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille saying, 'conserve water, drink beer.'10. Wide - pan of Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille-----STORYLINE:Several hundred thousand people in West Virginia remained without clean tap water for a third day Saturday following a chemical spill and a water company executive said it could be days before uncontaminated water is flowing again.Water sample test results must consistently show that the chemical's presence in the public water system is at or below 1 parts per million, the level recommended by federal agencies, before residents can turn on their taps again, West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said Saturday at a news conference.The company told residents in nine counties to not drink their tap water or use it to bathe or wash dishes or clothes after a foaming agent used in coal processing escaped from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston and seeped into the Elk River. The only allowed use of the water was for flushing toilets. The order applies to about 300,000 people.Thirty-two people sought treatment at area hospitals for symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Of those, four people were admitted to the Charleston Area Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately known, Allison Adler of the Department of Health and Human Resources said Saturday.Federal authorities, including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, opened an investigation into Thursday's spill. The Chemical Safety Board said Saturday that its investigative team is scheduled to arrive in West Virginia on Monday.