CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Commission and West Virginia American Water announced Monday that they will coordinate efforts to upgrade the water system in the town of Pratt, whose plant also provides water to nearby Hansford and towns on Paint Creek.
The project is scheduled to begin in May and be completed by December.
But it must first receive approval from residents of Pratt and from the state Public Service Commission.
"West Virginia American Water needs to be applauded," Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said at a Monday-morning news conference. "Pratt will now get the same quality of water that Charleston and other areas in Kanawha County do."
The town's water plant provides service to about 750 Pratt residents. The changes also will benefit 350 students attending schools in Pratt.
Hardy said the new system will have a "projected life of 80 years."
Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, said his company has a "proud history" of replacing and improving aging water plants.
"This project will help 450 households in Pratt and the Upper Kanawha Valley," McIntyre said.
Pratt Mayor Gary Pratt also said Monday that he supports the project.
The main expense will be $1.8 million to connect pipelines from Cedar Grove and Glasgow to Pratt, including a pipeline to be constructed under the Kanawha River.