- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Residents in the Sissonville area affected by a chemical spill can flush their lines and begin using tap water again.

West Virginia American Water lifted a “do not use” order for the area Wednesday morning. That brings to about 51,000 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 in Charleston.

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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