Businesses Still Not Serving Tap Water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's the weekend, and you're deciding where to go out. Your decision likely is based on which place has the best food, drinks or atmosphere.

Now another factor comes into play: What water is being used?

"I try to make sure to at least call ahead and make sure that the establishment that I'm dining in has bottled water or anything because I just don't trust the water," said Kaarmin Ford, a patron.

Ford is one of many people who won't go to a place using water from the spigot.

"An individual actually came in yesterday and asked if the soup was made with tap water or bottled water, and my server grabbed a big ol' two-and-a-half-gallon jug and said this is exactly what went into the soup," said Sam's café owner Paul Greco.

For Greco, if it's not good enough for him, it's not good enough for his customers.

"I wouldn't use the water at home, I wouldn't use it here," Greco said.

However, turning off the tap wasn't an easy decision. It means water used for ice, food and dishes must be imported. Their soda guns also are shut off.

"Revenues have taken the biggest hit," Greco said.

The price for Sam's and other businesses choosing to skip the spout is totaling hundreds of dollars. For now, it's a cost they're eating and not passing on to you.

They're hoping to weather the storm, as well as please their patrons.

"I think it'll go on at least as long as long as the water smells," said Ford, "which a lot of places that have flushed days ago, it still has the lingering licorice smell."

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