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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

West Virginia Chemical Spill

On January 9, 2013,  a chemical spill impacting the Elk River caused the West Virginia American Water Company to issue a ‘Do Not Use’ water ban.  The ban impacts roughly 300,000 people in 10 counties and instructs residents not to use the water for drinking, bathing, cooking or washing.  Boiling will not get rid of the chemical.  The water can still be used for toilets and firefighting.   HHS is working with federal, state and local officials as well as outside experts to support public health.  HHS encourages residents to follow the guidance of local emergency management and public health officials.

Water Consumption and Distribution

State and Federal Declarations:

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  • This page last reviewed: January 18, 2014