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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

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A company has agreed to pay for the installation of carbon filters in Vienna's water treatment plant.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp says the installation paid for by Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Co. will begin immediately.

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After a chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley left more than 300,000 people with contaminated drinking water for days, state lawmakers passed legislation in an effort to prevent a similar crisis. One part of that legislation requires most water utilities in the state to draft source water protection plans – with public input. West Virginia Public Broadcasting attended a public forum in Shepherdstown Thursday night aimed at educating the community about the plans.

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A jury has ruled in favor of a coal company in Wyoming County Circuit Court. The verdict came in Thursday afternoon after only a few hours of deliberations.

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A judge says he wants more information before he'll approve a class-action settlement stemming from a 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated drinking water supplies.

The case involves Kanawha Valley residents and businesses and two former top officials from Freedom Industries.

Recently, The Center for Investigative Reporting's 'Reveal' released an episode called 'Do Not Drink: The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan.' The producers of the show then wondered about water crises elsewhere and how communities reacted. The January 2014 Elk River chemical spill came to mind and they asked me to contribute some insight into the event and what's happened since.

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Representatives from 37 citizen groups fighting for “water justice” met Tuesday at the Capitol to release a letter of solidarity with Flint, Michigan.

The letter, dated February 9th, parallels the 2014 West Virginia Water Crisis with the water crisis currently unfolding in Flint.

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.

Five water and wastewater projects in West Virginia are receiving financial help from the federal government.

The projects are among 141 nationwide awarded loans or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding on Monday.

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The city of Wheeling plans to boost its backup well water system's capacity by drilling two additional wells.

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West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed during a public meeting this week.

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A judge expects that several families will finally have clean water provided by a coal company after he ordered it eight months ago.

In a hearing Wednesday in Wyoming County Circuit Court, Judge Warren McGraw said he believes the few families without water should have it by that night.

In December 2014, McGraw approved an injunction sought by more than a dozen residents near Mechel Bluestone's Dynamic Energy Inc. mining complex. Residents said their water supplies were damaged by the mining operations.

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An advocacy organization formed after a 2014 chemical spill has filed a petition to intervene in West Virginia American Water's rate case.

The state's biggest water utility is seeking Public Service Commission approval for a 28 percent rate increase. The company attributes the proposed increase to $105 million in system improvements since 2012 and $98 million in projects planned through February 2017.

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Members of Clarksburg's water board say health concerns were behind their vote to stop using fluoride in the city's water supply.

The board voted 2-1 late last month to discontinue the practice.

Water board members Paul Howe and Charlie Thayer told The Exponent-Telegram they were concerned about fluoride's long-term health effects.

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A $4 million project on the Boone and Lincoln County border will soon bring public drinking water to some 215 homes in the area. The Morrisvale-Woodville expansion is expected to go to bid this fall and be completed by November of 2016.

A partnership between the two county Public Service Districts, County Commissions and West Virginia American Water, the extension, which will begin in Boone County, will cross the county line to pick up some 40 residents the Lincoln County PSD has not been able to serve.

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West Virginia's biggest water utility wants to increase its rates by 28 percent.

On Thursday, West Virginia American Water announced a $25.5 million case to increase rates with the Public Service Commission.

The WVU College of Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted their 4th annual National Energy Conference last week in Morgantown. The day-long conference examined issues affecting water in energy production. 


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Appalachia is no stranger to industrial or environmental disasters that affect our water. Because of crumbling water infrastructure in many coalfield communities, folks often turn to bottled water for regular use.

But not all bottled water is equal. At least that’s according to judges at the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting & Competition, which took place February 19-22. The competition judges the taste of bottled water, purified water, and municipal city waters from across the world were judged.

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Earlier this month in West Virginia, a CSX train derailed, causing giant fireballs to stretch hundreds of feet into the air and one home to be destroyed. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened to cause this derailment. February also marks the anniversary of other industrial accidents. On this episode, we'll hear from folks who have survived them, and hear why many people are concerned that more of these accidents could happen in the future.

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Groups lobbying for strong regulations to protect that state’s water resources gathered at the Capitol Monday to tell lawmakers not to pass a bill they say will gut the above ground storage tank legislation passed last year.

The West Virginia Safe Water Roundtable, comprised of multiple citizen action groups and affiliated with the Our Children, Our Future Campaign, spoke out against House Bill 2574.

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