West Virginia American Water Conducts Source Water Contamination Response Tabletop Exercisesarrow

West Virginia American Water Conducts Source Water Contamination Response Tabletop Exercises
October 05, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Oct. 5, 2018) – West Virginia American Water completed a series of tabletop exercises this week simulating responses to source water contamination events affecting its systems. The exercises brought together key stakeholders in source water protection and related emergency response efforts to practice the company’s contingency plan and the associated multi-agency response for a source water contamination event. These important drills, held over the course of four days in Beckley, Huntington, Charleston and Sutton, introduced hypothetical scenarios affecting the water sources for each of the company’s eight water treatment plants. “Tabletop exercises are incredibly important opportunities to gather key utility, regulatory and emergency management personnel to discuss their roles and responses to simulated emergency situations in a stress free ...

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West Virginia American Water Recognized by Dollar Energy Fund for 10 Years of Utility Assistancearrow

West Virginia American Water Recognized by Dollar Energy Fund for 10 Years of Utility Assistance
October 04, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Oct. 4, 2018) – West Virginia American Water recently received recognition from the nonprofit Dollar Energy Fund for 10 years of partnership in providing utility bill assistance to limited-income households. The award was presented at the Dollar Energy Fund annual luncheon in Pittsburgh. West Virginia American Water joined the Dollar Energy Fund’s West Virginia Utility Assistance Program in 2008. Through this partnership, Dollar Energy Fund has provided nearly 4,300 grants totaling approximately $723,000 in assistance to limited income West Virginia American Water customers over the past decade. “West Virginia American Water’s involvement in Dollar Energy Fund’s West Virginia Utility Assistance Program created a resource for individuals, seniors and families facing a utility bill crisis,” said Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund&rsq...

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West Virginia American Water Prepares for Operational Impacts from Hurricane Florencearrow

September 14, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 14, 2018) – West Virginia American Water said today it is prepared to respond to potential operational impacts related to Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to inflict heavy rainfall and 40-45 mph wind gusts in parts of the company’s service area across southern West Virginia this weekend and into early next week. The company is concerned about flooding, which could damage equipment, water treatment and pumping facilities while also causing hazardous driving conditions. In addition, power outages could affect the company’s hundreds of electricity-dependent facilities. To prepare for these impacts, West Virginia American Water personnel have fueled and readied a large number of fixed and portable generators, and technicians are ready to deploy them as needed. Company vehicles and equipment have been fueled, treatment plant chemicals...

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West Virginia American Water to Hold “Clean Streams" Hazardous Waste Collection Sept. 29arrow

August 30, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Aug. 30, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today that it is holding a “Clean Streams” Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Laidley Field parking lot in Charleston. This disposal event is part of the company’s source water protection program and is free to area residents. Through this event, West Virginia American Water seeks to reduce pollution of local waterways by providing a way for the public to properly dispose of hazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded improperly and contaminate drinking water sources. The company will also use the event to engage with the public on the Kanahwa Valley water system’s Source Water Protection Plan and potential sources of contamination to drinking water sources in the Kanawha Valley. “By helping the community...

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Agreement Reached on Plan to Pass Federal Tax Savings to West Virginia American Water Customersarrow

August 16, 2018

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water announced today that its customers will start seeing lower monthly bills as a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 if a joint stipulation filed this afternoon is approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The agreement was reached between West Virginia American Water, Public Service Commission (PSC) staff, Consumer Advocate Division (CAD), Kanawha County Commission, and City of Charleston. If approved as proposed, West Virginia American Water would reduce its rates by an average of 3.5 percent effective September 1, 2018 to reflect its federal tax savings from September 1 until the PSC sets new rates in February 2019, which would provide...

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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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