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West Virginia American Water to Add Surcharge to Bills

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West Virginia American Water has informed the Charleston city Council and other local governments that it wants to place an extra surcharge on customer's monthly bills.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports West Virginia American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre sent a letter to government officials this month stating the company intends to file a case with the Public Service Commission allowing the utility to place a separate charge on customers to cover future infrastructure projects.

Company spokeswoman Laura Jordan says American Water plans to have the surcharge case submitted to the PSC soon. She couldn't confirm how much money the company will seek, but McIntyre says in his letter that the company plans to spend $52 million in 2016 on projects.

The projects include building large water mains and making upgrades to American Water's treatment plant in Fayette County.

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