Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 26, 2014

W.Va. PSC staff, union back water company reports


Associated Press

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Public Service Commission’s staff and a union say West Virginia American Water should continue submitting quarterly reports to the PSC on the quality of its service.

On Friday, the PSC’s staff and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 537 filed petitions supporting the PSC Consumer Advocate Division’s request to require the reports until further notice. The division cited the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 residents.

The PSC ordered the service-related reports in 2011 in a case involving staffing levels. The final one covers the fourth quarter of 2013.

West Virginia American Water filed a response Friday opposing continuing the reports. The company says none of the service-related data it had to submit is related to the spill.