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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West Virginia American Water Launches 2018 Infrastructure Upgrade Maparrow

April 12, 2018

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. User-friendly web-based map allows customers to see their water bills at work CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water customers can see their water bills at work on the company’s interactive web-based map of its 2018 infrastructure upgrade projects. This user-friendly map allows West Virginia American Water customers to view details about water main replacement projects and other water distribution system upgrades throughout the company’s service area. “We owe it to our customers to demonstrate how we are putting their water bills to work and making necessary investments to provide safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services...

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West Virginia American Water Seeks Entries to 3rd Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest arrow

March 26, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 26, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today that entries are being accepted for its third annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. Students grades 4-6 in schools served by West Virginia American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area. The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting West Virginia’s water resources.  West Virginia American Water recently sent contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 130 schools in its service territory, encouraging teachers to promote the contest as a fun and imaginative way to draw students’ attention to protecting and preserving West Virginia’s watersheds. Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understandin...

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West Virginia American Water Begins $975,000 Pipeline Upgrade along Coal River Rd in St. Albansarrow

March 20, 2018

St. Albans, W.Va. (March 20, 2018) – West Virginia American Water today announced the start of construction to replace aging water main along Coal River Road in St. Albans to improve service reliability, increase flows for fire protection and prevent water outages. The project, with an estimated cost of $975,000, will replace cast iron pipe dating back to the 1950s.  Starting this week, the company will install approximately 6,800 feet of new eight-inch PVC pipe along Coal River Road from Strawberry Road to just beyond the Indian Head subdivision – adding valuable fire protection to previously unserved areas. Crews will also replace a river crossing near Strawberry Road that serves the Shadyside Road area of St. Albans. The completion of two new four-million-gallon water storage tanks in Amandaville in December 2017 will allow the company to retire a small water stora...

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West Virginia American Water Reminds Customers That Each Drop Adds up During Fix a Leak Weekarrow

March 19, 2018

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. Stop leaks and save money with free materials and resources to help reduce the trillion-plus gallons of water lost in residential leaks every year CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reaching out to promote Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 19-25. The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water that may be inadvertently wasted within homes. With more than 110 million households in this country, a seemingly minor leak from a faucet, showerhead, toilet, or other appliance can collectively result in a tremendous a...

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West Virginia American Water Accepting Applications for 2018 Environmental Grant Programarrow

March 12, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 12, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2018 Environmental Grant Program awards. The grant awards will be available in West Virginia American Water service areas across the state. Established in 2005, West Virginia American Water’s Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.  “West Virginia American Water is committed to supporting groups and organizations that work to educate our community and students on environmental awareness and source water protection,” said Brian Bruce, president of West Virginia American Water. “We believe everyone should be an environmental steward in pro...

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ORSANCO and West Virginia American Water Announce New Water Quality Monitoring Station on Elk Riverarrow

December 12, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Dec. 12, 2017) – West Virginia American Water and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) invite media to see and learn about a new water quality monitoring station at West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley water treatment plant on Court Street in downtown Charleston on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Staff from West Virginia American Water and ORSANCO will be available for interviews, and tours of the facility will be available upon request.  This new monitoring station along the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia is part of the Organics Detection System (ODS) within the Ohio River Basin. The ODS is a voluntary, cooperative effort involving water utilities, water users and ORSANCO to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the Ohio River and certain tributaries including the Kanawha River ...

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West Virginia American Water Reminds Customers to Prepare Their Homes for Winter to Prevent Frozen Pipesarrow

December 07, 2017

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W. Va. Simple, preventative measures can prevent frustrating and costly repairs later CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the onset of freezing temperatures this week and lows in the teens and 20s forecasted into the weekend, West Virginia American Water is advising homeowners to take simple steps to help prevent household pipes from freezing. “There are a number of simple and cost-effective ways our customers can protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly damage,” said West Virginia American Water President Brian Bruce. “Protecting your home against the cold helps save on energy bills and safeguards yo...

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West Virginia American Water and UWUA Local 537 to hold Veterans Donation Drive Nov. 8 in Huntingtonarrow

West Virginia American Water and UWUA Local 537 to hold Veterans Donation Drive Nov. 8 in Huntington
November 06, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Nov. 6, 2017) – West Virginia American Water’s Huntington District and the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 537 have again joined forces to host a donation drive Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day to benefit the Homeless Veterans Resource Center on 9th Street in downtown Huntington. This employee-led initiative seeks to fulfill a critical need related to homeless veterans in the local community.   “UWUA Local 537 has always supported our veterans, and we are proud to continue doing so with this third annual donation drive,” said Greg Lanham, West Virginia American Water employee and UWUA Local 537 Huntington District President. “Over the last two years, through the generosity of our community and our employees, we have provided several thousand dollars in cash and in-kind donations of food, clothing and hygiene items t...

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Update on Water Quality Monitoring in Huntington Following Parkersburg Firearrow

October 28, 2017

Huntington, W.Va. (Oct. 28, 2017) – West Virginia American Water continues to closely monitor water quality of the Ohio River at its Huntington water treatment plant for potential impacts from the multi-day firefighting efforts in Parkersburg. West Virginia American Water has detected no impact to water quality and has added contingency staff to perform additional testing over the weekend. West Virginia American Water continuously monitors water quality through online source water monitoring panels at its Huntington water treatment plant and runs additional advanced analytical testing as part of ORSANCO’s Organics Detection System (ODS). In addition, representatives from WVAW, ORSANCO and various state agencies developed a water sampling and testing plan for the Ohio River, including a longitudinal study at 20-mile increments between the Little Kanawha River and the Robert...

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