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New details released in Sunday's W.Va. chemical leak presser


CHARLESTON (WVVA) -- A press conference wraps us early Sunday evening concerning questions about when the water will be deemed usable.

Officials announced school is canceled Monday for Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties.  All state employees are expected to report to work.

Systems will be flushed zone by zone once the water is said to be safe.  American Water customers can check through an interactive map online or by phone, after an announcement is made that the water is coming back on.

As of Sunday, samples had been tested with lower levels of the chemical.

"Over the past 24 hours sampling and testing has provided confirmation for a 24 hour period that we have at the water treatment facility a consistent number of below one part per million at the outflow of the water treatment facility," says Adjutant General James Hoyer.

"We also are continuing our process for food service to allow restaurants and some establishments to reopen with approval from their local county health departments," says Karen Bowling, DHHR Secretary.  "In addition we have looked at the possibility of having a similar process for daycare centers, again with approval of the county health departments and that information would be available on the county health department's website."

There is still no definite answer when the water will be usable.

"I ask all West Virginians to continue to be patient as we work to safely restore service to the affected areas," says Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, (D) West Virginia.

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