- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More West Virginia residents affected by a chemical spill are being given the go-ahead to flush their lines and begin using tap water again.

West Virginia American Water lifted a “do-not-use” water order in areas of Kanawha and Putnam counties on Tuesday night, including parts of Dunbar, Winfield and Staves Branch. That brings to about 48,000 the number of customers for which the order has been removed.

About 100,000 customers in nine counties, or 300,000 people in all, were told not to drink, shower or wash clothes with tap water after a chemical spill on Thursday in the Elk River.

Water use resumed for some customers starting Monday. The company says the water ban is being lifted by areas to ensure the system isn’t overwhelmed by excessive demand.

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