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West Virginia American Water buys QSPSD water system

CTBR Staff Writer Published 30 August 2017

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, has acquired Queen Shoals Public Service District (QSPSD) water system for an undisclosed sum.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia approved the transaction. Previously, QSPSD had its own water distribution system but purchased water from West Virginia American Water.

The water system serves 215 customers across the western Clay County in Bomont, Glen, Odessa, Queen Shoals and Valley View Drive in the US.

After flooding destroyed the supply main for the water system in 2016, West Virginia American Water provided emergency service to restore water service to QSPSD’s customers, which included the installation of 1,500ft of temporary water lines to bypass areas where the existing line was damaged, and restoration of 2.5 miles of roads and creek banks.

In August 2017, West Virginia American Water completed a $1m project to install a 14,400ft water main outside of the floodplain.

Post the acquisition, QSPSD customers will become part of West Virginia American Water, by paying the standard rates as fixed by the PSC.

West Virginia American Water president Brian Bruce said: "Small water systems across the state often struggle to keep up with the operational, maintenance and regulatory demands of running a water system, and we know the hardship it causes for utility managers and customers.

“We expand our operations to serve these Clay County residents and are confident that our team's expertise and our company's investment will improve service reliability for these customers for years to come."

Established in 1886 and headquartered in the US, American Water has a workforce of over 6700 and provides regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 15 million people across 47 states and Ontario and Canada.