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Local water districts take precautions against chemical leak
CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) -- Both Cincinnati Water Works and the Northern Kentucky Water District have shut down their Ohio River intake valves, as a precaution, as the chemical from the West Virginia spill moves through the Tri-State.
The chemical, used in coal processing, leaked from a plant into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia last week. Officials believe it's being diluted as it enters the much bigger Ohio River, but water districts on both sides of the river are taking precautions.
In Charleston, businesses and restaurants are reopening. They'd been shut down since the spill last Thursday. 300,000 people were told to stop using tap water for anything other than their toilets. More than a third of those who get their water supply from the river have been told they can use water again. Officials are lifting the ban slowly, one area at a time, to make sure the water system isn't overwhelmed.
Federal authorities are investigating the spill. Fourteen people who were exposed to the contaminated water were admitted to hospitals. None were in serious condition.