Water restrictions lifted on day five of W.Va. chemical spill

After a one-inch hole leaked roughly 7,500 gallons of a chemical from an industrial facility along West Virginia's Elk River last week, about 15 percent of the state's population was left without clean tap water.

Five days later, West Virginia American Water said Monday afternoon that they are finalizing the "Do Not Use" lift process.

Untainted water is starting to flow through pipelines in the Charleston area -- high-need areas like hospitals and nursing homes are getting water first, USA Today reports.

But the spill, which cut off water to over 300,000 people, is raising questions over the state's long known problems of regulating coal and chemical companies, The New York Times reported on Monday.

“We can’t just point a single finger at this company,” said Angela Rosser, the executive director of West Virginia Rivers Coalition. “We need to look at our entire system and give some serious thought to making some serious reform and valuing our natural resources over industry interests.”

Lawmakers have not explained why the storage facility was allowed to be built on the river, close to the largest water treatment plant in the state.

Check E2-Wire Tuesday for more on how lax regulations in W.Va. may be to blame for the spill.