Win: The Kawawha County Commission agreed to make a move for Public Water
Over 20 ratepayers came out to the Kanawha County Commission Meeting to thank the Commission for standing up against the water company’s rate hikes and to ask them to take a next step for a public water system.
With ratepayers in the rows, the Commission said "yes" to our ask: to convene a meeting in the next 6-8 weeks with other local elected officials who are also concerned about West Virginia American Water. This is the first gathering of it’s kind!
As Pastor Joe Jarrett reminded the Commission: “You’ve got to start somewhere!” All transformative campaigns do. And on Tuesday, the Kanawha County Commission agreed to make that start, thanks to organized ratepayer pressure. A big cheer to everyone who came out - the Commissioners were clearly surprised by the number of people who showed up on this issue! And for those that couldn’t make it, keep an eye out for next steps and more ways to take action!
We're pushing the Kanawha County Commission to take the lead on a public water system study for the Kanawha Valley. Want to be a part of this next phase of our campaign? Here's how!
Our Local Officials Can Help Make a Public Water System a Reality
Let them know it matters to you.
We, the undersigned, are residents of the nine-county region served by West Virginia American Water Company’s Elk River water treatment plant. West Virginia American Water is failing to provide affordable, safe and reliable water service to our region. We believe that creating a public water system is our best chance for ensuring that we have a water system where public health and safety take priority over profits.
We call upon the county commissions of each of the counties served by West Virginia American Water’s Elk River treatment plant (Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Jackson, and Roane) to join us in publicly supporting the creation of a locally owned, public utility that will acquire the existing water system and make the improvements we need and deserve.