Residents in the Page-Kincaid area of Fayette county are struggling to live without clean water flowing through their faucets. It all started last year when some of them started to notice discoloration and a funny smell coming from their sinks and showers.
Robert Branch, a Kincaid resident, described his water as “Rusty looking, muddy looking, slimy looking, and sometimes it comes out like that with the little black specks like rough cut peppers, you know?”
So what is being done to help bring clean water back to the people of Page and Kincaid?
Planning for a new filtration system began as early as 2016. However, when their current 40 year old filtration system started failing recently, Page Kincaid Public Works started taking on heat from its customers.
Jesse Alden is an engineer for the consultant group working with public works. He has been helping to design and plan the new filtration system. Alden told 59News that even though the plans for the new filtration system are complete, it will still take some time before construction can begin.
“Our goal is to get the permit application by the end of February and then go to the next step after that which would be to submit to the public service commission” Alden told us.
Once their project receives all approval and permits necessary, and there is no more red tape in the way, Alden estimated that construction of the new water filtration system will take about a year.
Given that time frame, short term solutions have also been taken into consideration, but it is tough for the Page-Kincaid Public Works given their limited budget.
“I know Page-Kincaid Public Works have been in talks with West Virginia American Water to assist them with a water buffalo and also help with bottled water to provide to the customers as well,” Alden explained.
Without a perfect short term solution in sight, people living in the area have continued buying purified water from the grocery stores in order to meet their needs.
However, some residents signed a petition and will send letters to Governor Jim Justice in a few days. Their hopes are that better funding can be secured from the state and a clean water solution can be achieved more quickly than the plans that are currently in place.