OAK HILL – It's hard to imagine life without such a simple thing.
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.
That's exactly the problem facing many residents of southern West Virginia, in search of a commodity now more precious than ever.
Demand is high across Southern West Virginia, as residents from the nine counties affected by the chemical spill look for reserves.
"It's actually scary to be without water,” Oak Hill resident Tina Miller says.
Tammy Smith is a manager at Foodland. She says the rush for water has been overwhelming.
“We can't keep it on the shelves - yesterday everybody from Charleston, I guess Kanawha city - everybody just wiped us out yesterday morning, whether it's the big five-gallon, or the gallons.”
Residents from far and wide have descended on stores in the Oak Hill area, scooping up as much as they can carry to help those in need.
Grant’s Manager Brandon Etter says, "Several of them were from Charleston and others were loved ones that live here taking it to people they know in Charleston.”
Life is a struggle for those without.
"Something so basic... That you're not used to just not being able to turn on the water and not being able to drink it.”