"It means the water company is back in the water business and we are pleased," Carper said. "Yes, I had a great disagreement with them, but this is very, very good news and we're pleased to move forward."
West Virginia American Water asked for a 19.7 percent rate increase in December. The additional $24 million in revenue is needed to help recoup more than $85 million the company has spent to improve water lines and treatment plants since 2009.
The upgrades include replacement pipes in water distribution systems, rehabilitation of the company's water system tanks and upgrades to pumping stations and computer systems.
The average West Virginia American Water customer would see a jump of $8.13 per month if state regulators approve the request.
The company's rates will have increased 50 percent over the past five years if the PSC approves the latest rate hike request.
The PSC is hosting a hearing for the rate request July 8-11. The rate increase, if it were granted, would go into effect Oct. 11.
The 27 other pipeline projects that are in progress or beginning later this spring:
* Charleston: South Ruffner, Edgewood Drive, Sugar Creek Drive, Reveal Drive, Vermont Drive, Corvair Drive and Walnut Drive.
* South Charleston: Ohio Avenue, Kentucky Street and MacCorkle Avenue alley.
* Cross Lanes: Brick Lane, Carolyn Drive and Casto Road.
* Nitro: Woodland Drive, Frederick Street, Walker Street and Main Street.
* Poca: Poca River Road.
* Sissonville: Old Tuppers Creek Road.
* Clendenin: Cromwell Estates, Beech Avenue, Reamer Road, Thorofare Road and Grandview Road.
* Campbells Creek: Campbells Creek Road.
* Cannelton: Red Row.
* Montgomery: 700 block of 3rd Avenue.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.