West Virginia American Water

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission has opened a general investigation into the quality of water service provided by the Page-Kincaid Public Service District in Fayette County. 

As of May 18th, the entire service district is under a boil water advisory for an unspecified amount of time. It serves more than 600 Fayette County customers.

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One of West Virginia’s largest public water utilities announced Friday it is making adjustments because of the potential spread of coronavirus.


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Robert Burton has been named president of West Virginia American Water.

The utility announced Burton's hiring Monday. Burton most recently was senior director of operations for Pennsylvania American Water, where he oversaw operations for more than 50 water plants and 10 wastewaters systems serving 200 municipalities.

Burton replaces Brian Bruce, who recently left the company after serving as president for two years.

West Virginia American Water serves about 530,000 state residents.

West Virginia American Water says it and state Public Service Commission staff have a tentative agreement over an increase to monthly bills.

A company in West Virginia says it's seeking to raise prices for customers by nearly $12 per month.

WSAZ-TV reports West Virginia American Water is asking the Public Service Commission to approve the 24 percent rate increase. The increase would add about $32 million to the company's revenue.

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West Virginia American Water filed an application Monday with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to adjust its rates for water and wastewater service.  


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Residents and businesses in nine West Virginia counties left without tap water during a 2014 chemical spill can start filing claims.

According to a website set up to handle claims, forms were being accepted both online and by mail started Wednesday.

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A revised class-action settlement plan is back before a federal judge deciding how to pay victims of a chemical spill that left people without tap water for up to 9 days.

The drinking water of about 300,000 people in the greater Charleston area was contaminated in January 2014 when a chemical used to clean coal spilled from a storage tank at the now-defunct Freedom Industries, polluting the Elk River upstream from the system's water intake.

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Water service has been turned off for more than 1,000 homes as the Huntington Sanitary Board has sent thousands of shut-off requests to West Virginia American Water as it pursues customers more than 30 days late on paying their sewer bill.

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A Kanawha County official is demanding more details about a small spill along the Kanawha River that apparently involved the same primary chemical that caused a water crisis in the area three years ago.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports County Commission President Kent Carper wrote a strongly worded letter Monday to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection regarding a small spill at a coal preparation facility last week.

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A proposed settlement was filed Wednesday in the state investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a chemical spill and resulting water crisis in the Charleston area three years ago.

Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River in January 2014, leaving 300,000 people without water for nine days.

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A group of Kanawha Valley residents is demanding a full investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a 2014 chemical spill and a resulting water crisis. 

Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River in January 2014, leaving 300,000 people without water for nine days.

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Since July 1, the state Bureau for Public Health has been holding public hearings across West Virginia to discuss proposed Source Water Protection Plans.

The plans are the result of legislation approved after a 2014 chemical spill in Charleston left hundreds of thousands of people without usable drinking water for days.

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A public hearing is being held this month on a draft source water protection plan for the West Virginia American Water Kanawha Valley System.

The plan is intended to identify ways to minimize potential threats to source water and prepare for spills or other emergencies that could affect water service.

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Lawyers say a tentative deal has been reached with West Virginia American Water Co in a class-action case over the company's handling of the 2014 water crisis in the Kanawha Valley.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports no details were made public, but a judge has scheduled a Monday hearing when attorneys said more information is expected to be available.

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Jury selection begins Tuesday in Charleston in the class-action lawsuit against a chemical company and a water utility. 

The trial over a 2014 chemical spill that resulted in the contamination of more than 300,000 people’s drinking water is set to begin this week. 

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A judge has ruled against local workers who sued a water company to recoup wages lost during a January 2014 chemical spill.

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A month before a class-action lawsuit over a 2014 chemical spill is set to go to trial, a federal judge has declined to throw out allegations that partly blame chemical maker Eastman Chemical for polluting 300,000 people's drinking water.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. in Charleston also ruled Monday that residents, businesses and workers suing over the January 2014 Elk River spill and the subsequent water crisis cannot pursue claims against American Water Workers Company Inc., the parent of West Virginia American Water, whose customers' drinking water supply was contaminated in the incident.

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A week after deadly floods ravaged West Virginia, all residents in one of the hardest-hit towns have tap water again. They just can't drink it yet.

In a news release Friday, West Virginia American Water said it has restored tap water to all areas of Clendenin.

A federal judge is delaying the trial involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver told attorneys during a monthly status hearing last week he would need more time to review and rule on several motions. The trial had been scheduled to start July 12.

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West Virginia American Water is asking state regulators to approve a 1.9 percent surcharge on customers' bills to fund infrastructure replacement projects.

The water utility said in a news release that it filed an application Friday with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia seeking approval for the rate hike.

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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.

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West Virginia American Water Co. is asking a federal judge to delay a class-action lawsuit over a chemical spill that tainted tap water for 300,000 people in 2014.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that in a court filing on Thursday, attorneys for the water company asked U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. to postpone the trial for 60 days, from its current starting date of July 12 until Sept. 12.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has granted West Virginia American Water Company a lower increase than it sought.

The commission said in a news release late Wednesday that it issued an order allowing a water rate increase of $18.17 million, or about 15.1 percent. The utility company had initially requested a rise of nearly twice that amount — $35.47 million.

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A study released last week by a national non-profit found that the utility rates of West Virginia American Water’s Charleston and Huntington Districts are tied as the 11th and 12th as the most expensive rates out of the 500 largest water systems in the country. West Virginia American Water contested the results of the study based on the methodology used. 

In light of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, this week on Inside Appalachia we remember the West Virginia water crisis from 2014. We’ll also hear from people in the coalfields who don’t have access to clean water, day in and day out. And we’ll honor the traditional “Appalachian” way of coming together to lean on each other.

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The Kanawha County Commission and city of Charleston have filed a lawsuit against several companies over the 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

Local news media report that the lawsuit against West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical Company and others was filed last week in the Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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A new report released just days after the second anniversary of the Elk River Spill highlights shortcomings of the private water company that dealt with the spill. 300,000 people were told not to use their water for days following the accident.


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  West Virginia American Water is converting its meters statewide to an automated system.

The company announced the $17 million project Thursday as part of an effort to quickly locate water meters and read them accurately.

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The Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston have filed petitions to intervene in West Virginia American Water's rate case.

The state's largest water utility is seeking Public Service Commission approval for a 28 percent rate increase. The company attributes the proposed increase to previous system improvements and future planned projects.

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