Some Residents Still Fearful About Drinking Water in West Virginia

Even after ban on contaminated water was lifted, some say they can still smell licorice in water.
3:00 | 01/14/14

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And now, we turn to the big story out of west virginia, tonight. There are thousands of families finally turning on the tap water for the first time in days, after that frightening contaminat contamination. So, we set out to answer two questions. Is the water finally safe? And if it is, will officials drink the first glasses? And is it possible that the residue is heading towards ohio, cincinnati? Tonight, susan saulny for abc news is on the ground for us once again. Reporter: Eloise demint was told her water was finally safe to drink again. Let's do it. Reporter: And we were with her when she turned the faucet on for the first time. Looks clear. But then, leaned in to smell. You can smell licorice. I can. Reporter: Licorice. The telltale scent of the chemical that has contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people. Today 38,000 are able to use the tap water for bathing and drinking. But with that smell, eloise isn't taking chances. I don't want to drink it. I'm not about to drink it. I don't even want to wash my dishes in it. Reporter: And tonight, other communities are in the path of that chemical flow. It began leaking out of the bottom of a freedom industries storage tank thursday morning and flowed into the elk river contaminating the water supply for charleston, west virginia. Then it continued rushing downstream to the ohio river, travelling more than 250 miles to cincinnati. Today, cincinnati closed their two river intake valves to protect the city's water supply. They have enough water in reservoirs to last until the toxin flows by and the river water is safe again. The chemical plant responsible for the leak has not been inspected since 1991. Still, west virginia state officials say people now told that they can drink the water shouldn't worry. I'm perfectly confident that it's safe. Reporter: Would you drink some from this fountain behind me? Sure. Absolutely. Want to see me do it? I thought it tasted fine. Reporter: Not everyone in this area is so sure. Susan saulny, abc news, charleston, west virginia.

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