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WV residents hesitant to use water after no use ban lifted

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Thousands of Kanawha County homes were able to flush out their homes. However, residents told 13 News they may never use the water again. Thousands of Kanawha County homes were able to flush out their homes. However, residents told 13 News they may never use the water again.

When Jack Wilson started flushing his water, he smelled a licorice odor. When he went to run his hands under the water, after the flushing process, he said the water felt oily.

"I just hope, you know, it will clear up so we can go on with our lives again," said Wilson, who lives in Charleston. 

Wilson's house is one of thousands of homes in Kanawha County to have the water ban lifted. However, he's hesitant to use the water again.

"Since I got it on my hands and my hands feel oily, I would like to wait a couple days before I start cooking with it or even washing dishes with it," said Wilson. 

Wilson said he's going to rely on bottled water for a couple more days. But his neighbors told 13 News they could rely on bottled water forever.

"No. We're not going to use the water. The only thing I will ever use this water for is to flush," said Emett Spencer. 

Spencer has loaded up on bottled water and gallon jugs. Purchasing cases from the store and picking up loads from distribution centers. 

"We'll buy water as long as we can. And if things don't clear up, we'll sell out and move," said Spencer. "Of course I don't know that anyone will want to move here now." 

Officials with West Virginia American Water said tap water may have a slight odor but is safe to drink and use once the flushing process is completed.