Water system in Matoaka to be taken over by American Water Company


UPDATE 10/25/17 7:30 a.m.: 

MATOAKA. WV (WVNS)–  The town of Matoaka’s former mayor and current town recorder Travis Colonna gave county commissioners an update on his town’s water issues. 

The town’s outdated, 40-year-old water system has had several breaks and people have been dealing with discolored water for the past few weeks. 

Colonna announced that the recent water problems has since been fixed and the town is now making preliminary plans to have the American Water Company come in and take over.

Colonna also said the town is currently under a boil water advisory because of these recent breaks, but he expects it will be lifted within the the next two weeks. 

ORIGINAL 10/11/17: 

MATOAKA, WV (WVNS)–Water service in Matoaka was restored Wednesday October 11, 2017, after the city lost water on Tuesday.

Residents said they went 48 hours without the ability to do any of their daily activities like showering, brushing their teeth, or cooking.

People in the area said this is at least the fifth time this year they have had to go without water. One mother described how difficult the past two days have been.

“I’ve had to wash my kids with wipes and can’t cook, so I can’t flush my commode, my house smells from my commode,” Peggy Clark who lives in Matoaka said.

59 News reached out to Matoaka town officials who said the water system is outdated, which caused the problem. They added they are looking into a permanent solution so this won’t happen again.

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