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PSC To Determine Future Of Gary Sewer System

A group of people inspect a water system
A group of people inspect a water system.
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The Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing later this month to determine the status of the City of Gary’s sewer system. 

The public comment portion will be immediately followed by an evidentiary hearing to establish whether Gary’s sewer system should be considered a distressed or failing utility.

An administrative law judge is expected to preside over the evidentiary hearing. 

The judge will hear evidence to determine if the City of Welch, McDowell County Public Service District, Veolia, and West Virginia-American Water Company would be capable of taking over the system.

In 2020 Gov. Justice ordered the West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia Emergency Management Division to step in after a broken water pump left the entire town without water.

The hearing on Thursday, Nov. 30 is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the McDowell Public Library in Welch.

For more information, or to access documentation related to the Gary sewer case, visit the Commission website: by referencing Case No. 22-1083-S-DU.