West Virginia American Water Awards Local Fire Departments $10,000 in Grantsarrow

July 11, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 11, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today the awardees of its fifth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $10,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company’s service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus. “Each day, we work closely with the fire departments in our service area to ensure adequate fire protection for our communities,” said West Virginia American Water president Brian Bruce. “West Virginia American Water is very proud to support organizations that play such a valuable role in the continued safety and security of our customers.” The program covers a wide range of fire department expenses associated with personal protective gear,...

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Public Wastewater Service Arrives for Winonaarrow

Public Wastewater Service Arrives for Winona
June 28, 2018

Fayetteville, W.Va. (June 28, 2018) – Residents of the Fayette County community of Winona have public wastewater service for the first time thanks to a unique public-private partnership between West Virginia American Water and New Haven Public Service District, as well as significant state funding. The new wastewater system recently achieved substantial completion, and more than two-thirds of the community’s 60 homes are connected, with the remaining homes to connect over the next few weeks. Prior to this project, most Winona residents either utilized failing or inadequate septic systems or piped their waste directly into nearby Keeney Creek. The waterway is a tributary of the New River, which serves as the region’s drinking water source and provides for significant tourism and outdoor recreation. In fact, the U.S. EPA identified Keeney Creek as the highest frequency...

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West Virginia American Water Begins Construction of Emergency Water Supply Line to Matoakaarrow

West Virginia American Water Begins Construction of Emergency Water Supply Line to Matoaka
June 11, 2018

Matoaka, W.Va. (June 11, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today the start of construction on a temporary water line to supply clean, reliable drinking water to the Town of Matoaka in Mercer County. Residents of Matoaka have faced persistent water quality issues for months due to a deteriorating water treatment plant as the town has struggled financially. The project will connect the town’s water distribution system with Lashmeet Public Service District’s water system, which is operated by West Virginia American Water and served by West Virginia American Water’s Bluestone Water Treatment Plant. This connection will allow for decommissioning the town’s failing water treatment plant and starting the process of funding and building a permanent water supply solution.   Over time, the Town of Matoaka has been unable to properly operate a...

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West Virginia American Water Begins $760,000 McComas Road Barboursville Pipeline Upgradearrow

June 05, 2018

Barboursville, W.Va. (June 5, 2018) – West Virginia American Water today announced the start of construction to replace aging water main along McComas Road in Barboursville to improve service reliability, increase flows for fire protection and prevent water outages. The project, with an estimated cost of $760,000, will replace 5,300 feet of 1970s-era 6-inch pipe with new 12-inch pipe and add five fire hydrants.  The project begins this week and will stretch from Martha Road to Toms Creek Road. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with make-up days on Friday as needed. Work on evenings and weekends is not expected unless required to maintain the project schedule. Weather permitting, the upgrade should be completed by the end of October.  “This project demonstrates our commitment to provide high quality, reliable water service to our Barboursv...

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Kanawha Valley Water System Wins Award for Best Tasting Tap Water in W.Va. for 2nd Yeararrow

Kanawha Valley Water System Wins Award for Best Tasting Tap Water in  W.Va. for 2nd Year
June 05, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 5, 2018) – West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley water system received the statewide award for best tasting water in the Tap Water Taste Test competition held last week at the annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) West Virginia Section conference in Davis, W.Va. Fourteen water utilities participated in the competition, which was judged by three independent water industry representatives. To be eligible to participate, water systems must not have received any state or federal drinking water violations during the previous calendar year, and the utility or an employee must be a member of AWWA. “I am extremely proud of our Kanawha Valley treatment plant operators and water quality staff for this outstanding accomplishment two years in a row,” said Brian Bruce, president of West Virginia American Water. “This award is a...

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$10,000 in Environmental Grants Awarded to Projects in Boone, Cabell and Kanawha Counties arrow

May 10, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 10, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today that five recipients received funding through the company’s 2018 Environmental Grant Program. The announcement coincides with Drinking Water Week – a celebration by the American Water Works Association and the water community across North America that recognizes the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. This year’s Drinking Water Week theme is “Protect the Source” and focuses on ways water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source. West Virginia American Water’s annual Environmental Grant Program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships within the company’s s...

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West Virginia American Water Accepting Applications for 2018 Firefighting Support Grantsarrow

May 04, 2018

West Virginia American Water announced today, on International Firefighters’ Day, that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2018 Firefighting Support Grants program. The program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in the company’s service area. Established in 2013, West Virginia American Water’s Firefighting Support Grant program offers grant funding to cover costs associated with purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities and materials used to support community fire protection. “The very first water systems were developed for community fire protection, and West Virginia American Water is proud to give back to local fire response agencies that protect our communities,” said West Virgi...

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“Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest Winners Announcedarrow

May 02, 2018

A Lewis County fifth-grader earned the top statewide prize  in West Virginia American Water’s third annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The company received more than 40 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the state.  St. Patrick School student Austyn Paugh of Jane Lew earned the grand prize for her artwork. The entry depicted an anti-pollution message and the need to keep our water sources clean, encouraging the public to “protect our watershed.” Sarah Talkington from Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville placed first, Ava Spiker, a homeschool student from Jane Lew placed second, and Hunter Davis, also from St. Patrick School, placed third. The four students all received bookstore gift cards for their winning entries. “The ‘Protect Our Watersheds’ art contest has continued to produce inc...

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West Virginia American Water Files General Rate Case Request with Public Service Commissionarrow

April 30, 2018

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. Request driven by $200 million in capital investments for system upgrades; Existing system improvement surcharge lessens overall impact to customers CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) to adjust its rates for water and wastewater service. The primary reason for the rate request is the approximately $200 million that the company will have invested in system improvements to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure since its last rate case. The company is seeking a base water rate increase to produce additional revenues of $32.69 million per year or 2...

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Kanawha Valley Water System Receives System of the Year Award from State Drinking Water Regulatorsarrow

Kanawha Valley Water System Receives System of the Year Award from State Drinking Water Regulators
April 19, 2018

West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley Water System received the 2017 Surface Water System of the Year Award yesterday from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health for overall drinking water performance. Representatives from the WVBPH Office of Environmental Health Services Environmental Engineering Division’s district office in St. Albans presented the award to the Kanawha Valley water system operators and staff in a recognition ceremony at the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant.  This “Gold Award” for drinking water performance recognizes an outstanding system for achieving optimized water quality that continuously exceeds regulatory requirements and for having no violations or sanitary survey deficiencies. During the award presentation, J.D. Douglas, district engineer for the WVBPH-OEHS-EED, noted that the award is very competitive and seeks...

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