WV American Water Ordered To Keep Partnerships

State regulators have ordered West Virginia American Water Company to continue participating in a series of public-private water projects. Monday's ruling by the Public Service Commission came on a complaint filed by five public service districts and several other local agencies. The complaint alleged that West Virginia American Water improperly withdrew from partnerships to expand water service in various areas of the state. The PSC ruled that the water company has an obligation to continue participating in projects proposed by the local agencies that would extend service to new customers in areas that the company could reasonably serve. The projects must be technically feasible and the company must have a reasonable opportunity to earn a return on its investment.