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Lincoln County Water Concerns

The water ban was lifted for some parts of Lincoln County this morning. Most people are still concerned, but a few are moving forward.

Duane Moser, an assistant research professor with Desert Research Institute, collects water samples from the Las Vegas Wash in Henderson, Nev., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The water ban was lifted for some parts of Lincoln County this morning. Most people are still concerned, but a few are moving forward.

When Larry Linville woke up this morning, he didn't expect to be doing laundry.

"The clothes are in the dryer now, which I'm going to have to go and unfold," said Linville.

He is one of the few people using the water in Hamlin. Although the ban has been lifted, people were still picking up water from the Hamlin Fire Department today.

Lonnie Adkins says he doesn't trust the water now. When the spill first happened he drank the water.

"It burned my eyes and I had to go to the hospital," Adkins says. "My hands swelled up and got real red, the redness is starting to go away."

As he recovers, he is giving the water a little more time to do so as well.

"I'll give it a week," says Adkins. "If it's still bad, I won't drink it, I'll never drink it again."

He's not alone.

Kenneth Conley picked up fresh water today. He says his water is almost clear but it has a smell to it.

"I'm still a little bit leery about it," says Conley. "I might possibly use tap water, but I'm going to keep using bottled water."

Larry Linville, like those, says he may not drink the water, but he says he will certainly use it to do chores like the dishes and laundry.


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