“Do not drink it (the water), do not cook with it, do not wash clothes in it, do not take a bath in it,” said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday evening. “We do not know, at this time, exactly how long this ban will be….please do not use the water with the exception of flushing your commodes.”
The chemical was apparently 4-methylcyclohexane, a foaming agent used in coal preparation. It leaked from a tank into the Elk River near the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant. The "Do Not Use" warning affects about 100,000 customers.