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Residents Calling On Upgrades To Water Infrastructure

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 10:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 10:49 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

The water is back on for some people living in the Fairfield East Neighborhood of Huntington.
However, after the latest water main break, neighbors are calling for the water company to make upgrades.

According to West Virginia American Water a 12-inch water main burst Tuesday morning in the intersection of 9th Ave and 21st Street. Crews worked for 12 hours to repair the line and Tuesday evening residents were under a boil water advisory.

Spokeswoman Laura Jordan, W.Va. American Water, said the water main was built in 1928.
Michael Johnson lives in the neighborhood and would like to see the main in his neighborhood upgraded.

"Something should have been done about it a long time ago," Johnson said. "There's breaks all the time."

Jordan said the company has increased its capital investments by 37% over the past five years
in a statement saying:

"Since 2012, we have significantly increased our capital investment and shifted our focus to infrastructure replacement and capital projects. We have more than doubled our investment in water main replacement activities"

Jordan said W.Va. American Water has budgeted more than $33 million for capital projects.

Experts say the Mountain State has an estimated $1 Billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



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