SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Public Service Commission has agreed to let individual city sanitation boards determine the best course of action regarding the extra usage of water by residents affected by West Virginia American Water Company's flush order last month, South Charleston Sanitary Board Director and City Engineer Steve DeBarr told City Council Thursday night.
The order came following a chemical leak into the Elk River from Freedom Industry's storage tank facility on Jan. 9 which entered the WVAWC intake contaminating water for 300,000 people.
"We've decided to issue a credit equal to the break the water company is giving; that's a 1,000 gallon credit," DeBarr said. "No one really knows for sure how the credits will be issued yet, but we can do it administratively, pretty easy."
Public Works Director Gerald Burgy reported the city still has 400 tons of salt on hand to treat streets in the event of snow.
"That's enough to get us through a good snow and a half," he said. "We have a standing order with suppliers and should be able to get more if we need it."
An ordinance to rezone Chestnut Street also passed the first reading. Its purpose is to adopt zoning regulations consistent with current usage of the property near South Charleston High School and make way for a new Dollar General, Mayor Frank Mullens said.
"People are in favor of this because it will save them from going downtown," Councilman Jeff Means said.