|By Bob Weaver|
Will globalized water in Clendenin taste better and be safer?
Clendenin residents went to the polls yesterday to decide on selling their local water company to West Virginia-American Water.
That company is actually owned by a international corporation.
The water will still come down from the mountains of WV via the mighty Elk.
Like all WV extractables, West Virginians have learned to pay for what is here the long way around.
The old plant and the town's water system is at the end of its rope.
The 80-year-old facility is in need of substantial upgrades.
Customers face considerable rate increases to pay for the improvements if the 600,000-gallon-per-day plant remains under municipal control.
They will also be facing at least a 7.4 percent annual increase for the next seven years if the globalized water company buys the system.
That's a 50% plus increase, at least.
Have rain barrels been declared unsafe?
Note: The residents of Clendenin voted in large numbers t0 sell thier water company to the international company for $150,000.