TODAY   |  January 14, 2014

Water becoming drinkable in W. Virginia

Tap water in portions of West Virginia’s capital, Charleston, is slowly becoming drinkable after a chemical spill there, while leaders in Cincinnati, Ohio, are looking into the safety of their own water supplies. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>> yeah. as drinkable tap water is slowly making a comeback in portions of west virginia 's capital after a chemical spill there. and up river in cincinnati , ohio, city leaders are taking steps to make sure their water is safe. in charleston, west virginia , with the latest. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. you're absolutely right. slowly, more and more people are getting the green light to turn on their tap water . this morning, nearly 29,000 customers can bathe, cook, and even drink tap water in the charleston, west virginia , area. but officials say it will be days before everyone in the nine-county area has usable tap water . and while things are easing here, down river in cincinnati , there are new concerns. and that is because the residue from this chemical spill is moving into the ohio river . so tonight, officials in cincinnati will shut down two water intake valves to protect its water system . the mayor of cincinnati says this is just a precautionary measure. but they are just doing this because they want to keep things safe. the water is still safe to drink.

>> natalie.

>> thank you.