CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water officials say they have established a methodology for measuring the level of chemical contamination in the Elk River that has led to a water ban for more than 100,000 of the company's customers in multiple counties.
They say say it will enable them to determine what levels of the contaminant exist in the drinking water leaving the treatment plant and then inform customers when it is OK to use the water.
Customers in parts of nine counties have been under the ban since Thursday.
WSAZ.com recently spoke with company spokeswoman Laura Jordan, and she told us they hope to have better information on water testing that's being conducted overnight at labs, then review everything Saturday morning.
Jordan said if all goes as hoped, they're looking at days rather than weeks to get a handle on things. Of course, that's just an estimate at this point.