Bottled-water distribution will continue at the Crossings Mall, according to Sayre, as well as at the Nitro Police Department, the Marmet Recreation Center and volunteer fire departments in Belle, Clendenin, Glasgow, Malden and Sissonville.
Earlier Thursday, Sayre said that -- despite the CDC's warning about pregnant women not drinking the water -- distribution points in Kanawha County weren't busier than they had been before.
"Really, all of the water distribution points have been busy all of the time," Sayre said. "No one really said when they stopped by they were there for that reason."
State government and water company officials, saying they were relying on CDC guidance, have declared a level of 1 part per million as the "safe" level for the coal-processing chemical. About 71,000 customers -- nearly three-quarters of the people affected by WVAW's "do-not-use" water advisory -- had been removed from the advisory area as of Thursday evening.
Those included about 12,200 customers in the Cross Lanes, Culloden, Hamlin, Poca and Nitro areas, as well as all affected parts of Boone County, which had the order lifted before 7 a.m. Another 1,800 customers in the Big Bottom, Bona Vista, Cemetery, Clover Hollow, Elk Two Mile and Valley Grove areas had the order lifted around 1:40 p.m.
Staff writers David Gutman and Rachel Molenda contributed to this report.
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