FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — One by one, Page-Kincaid Public Service District customers stood before a Public Service Commission in the circuit court room of the Fayette County Courthouse on Tuesday, October 22.
Customers, like Karen Payne, brought samples and pictures of the water that has flowed through their faucets for the last year, burdening their everyday lives.
“I want good water, I want water that I can drink,” Payne pleaded. “I’m tired of taking a bath in my creek, I’m tired of washing my hair in rain water or bottled water.”
The public comment hearing was hosted in regards to a pending Page-Kincaid Public Service District application for a $3.35 million water treatment plant rehabilitation project certificate. Customers spoke their minds before the commission, discussing the weight of hefty water bills, ‘milky’ or ‘rusty’ looking water that stained bathtubs and sinks, and having to buy bottled water to cook with or drink.
“You know, buying three cases a week of water for my husband and I because I cook with the water I buy, I wash my hair with the water I buy… it’s created a burden financially,” Payne said. “But then you still get that hefty water bill in the mail from water you can’t even use.”
Page-Kincaid officials, like PSD Commissioner John David were present, hearing the issues their own neighbors are dealing with.
“It’s a legitimate concern,” David said. “But I think there is a misunderstanding of what caused the problem a year or so ago, and that was mining and blasting from companies that contributed to infusing iron into our deep wells in the aquifer.”
West Virginia-American Water Company officials, like External Affairs Manager Megan Hannah, were also in attendance to offer another possible solution: providing water to the Paige-Kincaid PSD through an already intertwining system.
“One of the options we could provide to them would be to serve their system through that interconnection if possible as a bulk sale-for-resale,” Hannah added.
David told 59 News they used loans to put in a system water filter for nearly 650 customers. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled on November 13 at the Public Service Commission Office in Charleston.