West Virginians forced to live on bottled water due to chemical spill

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CHARLESTON, WV – The Polar Vortex — it’s the talk of the country this week. And now, hundreds of thousands of folks in West Virginia have a new problem to add to their plates, or glasses – no water!

People in nine counties have been ordered not to drink tap water – not to cook with it, wash clothes or take a bath or shower in it. Not even brush their teeth with it. The reason? A chemical spill in the Elk River, which supplies water to much of the state.

West Virginia’s governor has declared a state of emergency. The White House has also issued an emergency declaration to coordinate some disaster relief efforts. Because, let’s face it. Who likes going without clean water?