West Virginia stands in a state of emergency after a potentially harmful chemical spilled into a local river and contaminated the water supply.
No one knows how long the situation will last.
More than 100,000 customers in the nine areas receiving water from the 1,500-mile affected network are ordered to stop using their water for almost everything.
West Virginians are pulling together to get through.
This video was produced by multimedia storyteller Elaine McMillion. The reporting and narration is by Daily Mail Capitol Bureau Chief Dave Boucher.