Access to clean drinking water is incredible important in Appalachia. This access was limited even more four days ago when a massive chemical spill near Charleston, WV left 300,000 people without useable water. 5,000 gallons of an industrial chemical used to in coal processing seeped from a ruptured storage tank and rendered the water useless for drinking, cooking, or even bathing. The chemical spill contaminated the Elk River and is moving towards the Ohio River.
Some experts say that the chemical may not be harmful, but they are not certain so a ban on all water use was implemented and a federal emergency was declared for the area.
You can read more by visiting https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/us/west-virginia-chemical-spill.html?_r=0