CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American Water Co. will have to continue filing quarterly statistical reports with the state Public Service Commission, even though that requirement was supposed to expire at the end of 2013, the PSC ruled Tuesday.
Although the extra reporting has been going on since 2011 and was unrelated to the Elk River chemical leak that contaminated the region's drinking water, the PSC decided to continue the reports to help evaluate the effects of the leak on the water system.
West Virginia American will have to collect the information and file the quarterly reports for another year.
The PSC's Consumer Advocate Division had requested last week that the filing continue.
"The additional metrics filings will allow the commission to monitor whether the WVAWC distribution infrastructure in the Kanawha Valley shows any lasting impact from responding to the chemical spill," the PSC order says.
The chemical leak tainted the drinking water of about 300,000 people.
The extra reporting requirement dates back to a 2011 complaint filed by the Utility Workers Union of America and a local union, alleging that West Virginia American was going to lay off 31 employees, which would compromise its ability to effectively supply water to the region.
The PSC temporarily halted the layoffs and ordered West Virginia American to provide written justification for each position the company sought to eliminate.