- 10 people have been admitted to hospitals, none in serious or critical condition
- A chemical used to clean coal has polluted water in southwestern part of the state
- So far only a few people have been hospitalized, but 300,000 can't use tap water
(CNN) -- It's so close they can almost taste it.
Four days after water restrictions were imposed in southwest West Virginia following a chemical spill, officials on Monday will begin to issue "zones" where residents can again use tap water.
The zones will be announced after an 8 a.m. ET meeting of an interagency water quality team, according to Linda Jordan with the West Virginia American Water Co. When the restrictions will be lifted wasn't immediately clear.
"I believe that we're at a point where we can say that we see light at the end of the tunnel," West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told reporters Sunday. "Our team has been diligent in testing samples from throughout the affected area."
Once the ban is lifted, residents will be asked to flush their lines before using water again. Customers will be given a credit on their bills to cover the wasted water, the water company says.
The restrictions affect about 300,000 residents in nine counties. By lifting the ban zone by zone, officials hope to keep the water system from getting overwhelmed.
Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water said certain areas will be prioritized, including downtown Charleston, but decisions will also depend on test results.