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Tap Water May Be Out For Days After W.Va. Spill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - It could be days before clean tap water is flowing again to several hundred thousand people in nine West Virginia counties affected by a chemical spill.
    
The water system has been contaminated by a chemical used to process coal. It leaked from a Freedom Industries plant into the Elk River in Charleston on Thursday.
    
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is among those sending bottled water and other supplies to the region.
    
Meanwhile, business owners around the capital are wondering how much of an economic hit they'll take from the spill.
    
Most visitors have cleared out of Charleston while locals are either staying home or driving out of the area to find somewhere they can get a hot meal or a shower.
    
Virtually every restaurant is closed, unable to use water to prepare food, wash dishes or clean employees' hands. Also, hotels have emptied and foot traffic is down at many retail stores.

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