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Troubled Pratt water system could be replaced

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The Town of Pratt's water system could soon be defunct, its customers new customers of West Virginia American Water.

The company unveiled their plan to Kanawha County Commissioners and members of the Pratt Board Monday. They would spend a collective $3 million on the project: $1.8 million for pipeline upgrades, $437,000 to purchase the water system and another $400,000 to upgrade the system.

It is up to the estimated 500 homeowners in Pratt to vote on the new plan. If they vote in support of American Waters plan, work will begin in May to lay 9,100 feet of new pipe from Charleston to Pratt.

The towns water problems stem from a crumbling system. Mayor Gary Fields says he hears complaints weekly about water pressure, "rust colored" water and other issues. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found several issues with high levels of contaminants in the water. You can see their reports by clicking here.

Fields calls it a "great day for the Town of Pratt."

WV Water estimates the water system will be new water system will be up and running by December 2013.