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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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Charleston and Kanawha County officials are open to a public takeover of the region's drinking water system.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones say they are very dissatisfied with West Virginia American Water Co.

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An advocacy group formed after the January 2014 Elk River Chemical spill will launch a campaign aimed to create a publicly-owned water system in the Kanawha Valley.

In a Thursday news release, Advocates for a Safe Water System says the organization will launch the “Our Water” campaign Tuesday at the University of Charleston.  The group seeks to have a public takeover of West Virginia American Water.

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West Virginia American Water says it has initiated a contingency plan for a temporary backup water supply to its Huntington water treatment plant in response to increasing algae blooms on the Ohio River.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission notified the utility last week that algae blooms had been detected on the river upstream of Huntington.

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West Virginia American Water initiated a contingency plan today for a temporary backup water supply in Huntington. The need for a temporary backup water supply to the treatment plant is because of increased algal bloom activity on the Ohio River. West Virginia American Water was notified late last Friday by ORSANCO that algal blooms has been detected on the Ohio River upstream from Huntington. 

Since then West American Water has followed United States EPA recommendations, which include monitoring the water quality and enhancing treatment techniques. Results so far show no impact from the algal bloom in the Huntington water system. And the system continues to meet all drinking water standards. 

Two utilities are seeking a change in the way state regulators determine the rates that customers pay.

West Virginia American Water and Mountaineer Gas have asked the Public Service Commission to base rate calculations on a future year's projected spending and income.

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West Virginia American Water has completed repairs in Dunbar.

Repairs have been made to a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar following two leaks on a newly installed section of pipe. The system relay station in Dunbar has been restarted and normal pumping capacity has resume to areas west of Dunbar. All booster stations except one have been restarted and are beginning to re-pressurize.

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West Virginia American Water crews have once again responded to a leak in Dunbar.

Water crews are performing an emergency shutdown on a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar so that repairs can be made to a new leak that developed today. Crews are working to dig up the area and determine the new issue. It’s not yet been determined when the repairs might be finished.

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After repairing and returning a 36-inch water transmission main to service overnight, West Virginia American Water is resuming work to address a new leak that occurred around 6 Thursday morning at the same site where yesterday’s work was completed. Excavation crews immediately returned to the site and are currently working to re-excavate the main and determine the issue. Estimated time for repairs cannot yet be determined.

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  DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia American Water says it has repaired a transmission main break that disrupted service to about 25,000 customers.
     The company is asking affected customers to limit all non-essential water use while it restores service.
     The break occurred Tuesday evening on a 36-inche main in Dunbar. It left customers in parts of Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties without water service or with low water pressure.
     A boil water advisory remains in effect. Water distribution sites have been set up for affected customers.
     West Virginia American Water said this morning that it doesn't know when service will be restored to all customers because it can't predict demand on the water system.
Water distribution sites are currently available at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, Dunbar Plaza,West Virginia State University, Nitro High School, West Side VolunteerFire Department in Saint Albans, Eleanor Tech Center, Winfield Courthouse,Buffalo Fire Department, Poca Fire Department, Hurricane Fire Department,Bancroft Fire Department and Culloden Fire Department. Customers should bring their own containers to fill.


Thousands of people in eastern Kanawha and western Putnam counties are waking up without water this morning after a water main break in Dunbar yesterday.
A boil water advisory is also in effect for those customers who have low water pressure.

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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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A judge is letting a lawsuit continue against a utility and a chemical producer over a chemical spill that sullied 300,000 people's tap water.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, Judge John Copenhaver denied most dismissal motions by Eastman Chemical, West Virginia American Water and its parent company, American Water Works.

The judge tossed or partially dismissed a few counts.


Authorities say old skeletal remains have been found by West Virginia American Water Co. employees while they were working in Pratt.

WCHS-TV reports deputies said the skeleton was found by water company workers along Washington Street about 11:30 a.m. Monday. A spokeswoman says crews were working on tying water lines to a new water main when the remains were found. She says the remains were found in two locations 40 feet apart.

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A water company had to delay repairs to a water main and retracted a statement for Charleston residents to limit water use.

The Charleston Gazette reports West Virginia American Water sent a request Wednesday morning to its customers to restrict water usage while the company made repairs to a 36-inch water main. A sinkhole appeared in the area May 18.

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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.


West Virginia American Water announced Thursday they’re doling out grants to six community organizations.

The grants are part of West Virginia American Water’s 2015 Environmental Grant program. It’s a program designed to help innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies.

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The company that provides water to nearly 600,000 West Virginians has notified regulators it intends to file a rate case for its water and wastewater operations.

The notice was given by West Virginia-American Water Company to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. It says the company expects to file its case within 30 days.

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