The Charleston Daily Mail reports that a water line broke in Pratt “sometime Friday or Saturday” but no boil-water alert went out to the public. That’s a problem, especially for vulnerable populations, but it seems to be just one among many water and sewer problems that have plagued this community over the last year. It’s bad enough when your water isn’t safe to drink, but not to be told??
A six-inch main breaks, reports WSAZ.
In not unrelated news, WSAZ also runs this notice:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Public Service Commission has approved a 3.5 percent rate increase for West Virginia-American Water customers, far below the rate the company had sought.
The PSC’s approval Wednesday will raise an additional $4.2 million in annual revenue for the company and increase residential customers’ monthly water bills by an average of $1.44.
West Virginia-American Water had sought a 12.37 percent rate increase, which would have raised an additional $14.75 million annually.
West Virginia-American Water serves 167,700 customers in 19 counties.
A “malfunction” at a treatment plant, in which contaminated water with low chlorine levels was allowed into the water supply, caused a boil-water alert in Pendleton County, per WHSV.com. The type of malfunction wasn’t specified, but three schools were closed as a result. Just this past January, the governor awarded a $1.3 million block grant to the county to extend water service to 87 additional households within the county.