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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – How many times have you used water in the past day?
You probably washed your hands, rinsed a dish, brushed your teeth, took a shower, had a glass of water, maybe did some laundry and so on.
Now, imagine not being able to do any of that.
Since Thursday, 300,000 West Virginians have been unable to use their tap water for anything except flushing the toilet. A chemical used to treat coal before it's burned was discovered leaking into the Elk River in Charleston upriver from a water treatment plant that serves nine counties. As of Monday, water restrictions were starting to lift.
America Tonight spent the weekend in the Charleston area, speaking with people whose lives have been disrupted by this disaster as well as some environmentalists doing their own water quality tests.