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Water company warns of hoax after W.Va. spill


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia American Water is warning customers about a hoax involving a chemical spill in Charleston.

The company says customers have reported receiving an automated call that claims it's shutting off water service.

West Virginia American Water says the call did not originate from it and the claim is false.

The company is asking people who have any information about the false call to report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered West Virginia Water customers in nine counties not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water after the chemical leaked from a Freedom Industries operation into the Elk River on Thursday. Tomblin's order remains in effect.

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