UPDATE: WV American Water to take over Page-Kincaid PSD

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020: A meeting of the Governing Board for Page-Kincaid Public Service District (PSD) was held on Tuesday morning. The group voted to proceed with the acquisition of the water system by West Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC).

The water system has been an ongoing a topic of concern for residents.

“Page-Kincaid water customers have waited and suffered long enough for an acceptable resolution,” stated PSC Chairman Charlotte Lane. “These customers deserve clean safe water and we are going to see that they get it.”

Following the meeting, the Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered WV American Water to expedite the interconnection and improvement of the water distribution system. This will provide customers of the Page-Kincaid PSD with water service from WVAWC. The order also authorized WVAWC to amend its distribution system improvement charge to “request reasonable, appropriate and timely rate recovery ” for the costs they incur.

The Page-Kincaid water treatment plant will be retired at the earliest possible date. The PSD serves 639 water customers and 400 sewer customers in Fayette County.

ORIGINAL STORY – 7:47 p.m. Aug. 7, 2020 The West Virginia Public Service Commission ordered the Page-Kincaid PSD and West Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC) to come to an agreement regarding the future of the water system.

Back in 2019, WVAWC made a proposal to acquire the Page-Kincaid water system. This was after the PSD applied for a certificate to rehabilitate its water treatment plant at an estimated cost of $3.35 million. The WVAWC intervened and wanted to either develop a wholesale purchase water agreement, or acquire Page-Kincaid. The PSD then withdrew the certificate application and began discussing plans with WVAWC.

According to the Commission, the Page-Kincaid PSD would only consider a proposal from WVAWC to buy both the water and sewer systems. That is when discussions began breaking down between the PSD and WVAWC.

Over the last year, the Commission received numerous complaints about the quality of water service and high rates of Page-Kincaid PSD. A petition was signed by 400 residents. The Commission claimed many residents specifically requested the water system be taken over by a responsible utility. 

In May 2020, 59News spoke with a board member of the Page-Kincaid PSD. John David told 59News if WVAWC did not intervene, they could have completed their own renovations by now. David also said he feels the deal with WVAWC would only serve the company, not the people living in the community.

In Friday’s order, the Commission urged WVAWC to expand its offer to include either the acquisition of the District’s existing water treatment plant or other interim arrangement. The Commission also strongly urged the Page-Kincaid PSD to consider and accept such an offer.

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