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West Virginia American Water Takes Over Dilapidated Pratt Water System

Reported by: Send eMail Elizabeth Noreika
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 21, 2013 8:48 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 10:29 PM EST

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Water System Takeover
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Pratt , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Clean water is coming to the town of Pratt.

Dozens of people and officials came out Thursday for a valve turning ceremony. The ceremony is to celebrate West Virginia American Water's official takeover of the dilapidated Pratt water system.

A new 1.7 mile pipeline connecting the town and surrounding area with West Virginia American Water's pipelines was opened at 2 p.m.

The takeover has been in the works for about a decade and, finally in June, voters approved the move, just wanting clean water for their families.

"The water system up here has been in disarray for about five years,” Dave Hardy, of the Kanawha County Commission, said. “It's been a health hazard. It’s been a problem for the elementary school, and this is a real vote of confidence in the future of this area"

The takeover will provide Pratt, Hansford, Crown Hill and Paint Creek, along with 450 new customers with clean water. That's about 171,000.



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