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Published: Jan 18, 2014 10:22 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The slightly sweet, slightly bitter odor of a chemical that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians still hasn't gone away. It creeps out of faucets and sometimes it hangs in the cold nighttime air.
For several days, a majority of Charleston-area residents have been told their water is safe to drink, that the concentration of a chemical that spilled into the Elk River on Jan. 9 is so low that it's not harmful.
But as long as people can smell it, they're wary. And given the lack of knowledge about the chemical, some experts say their caution is justified.
At first, officials said the water was safe for everyone, but then pregnant women were told not to drink it until the chemical is undetectable.

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