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Charleston, W.Va. (WVVA)--Water service has been restored to more than two thirds of customers in the Kanawha Valley region, but that still leaves nearly 100,000 people without it.

The Centers for Disease Control also issued revised recommendations Thursday night warning pregnant women to not drink the water in areas where the ban has been lifted.

"The CDC's recommendation that came through last night [Thursday] did not change anything about the way in which we have been treating out water, "says Laura Jordan, External Affairs Manager, West Virginia American Water.

The chemical leak that worked its way into the Elk River happened one week ago. There is no timetable as to when water service will be fully restored.

"When we first learned of this chemical spill in the Elk River we have been adding additional powder-activated carbon as well as our 16 filters in our water treatment plant with granulated carbon, which is the best method for filtration for this chemical, "says Jordan.

Jordan says customers should not be concerned if contact is made with the water during the flushing process and people should expect to see sediment and discoloration.

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