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Voice of the People

By Staff | Mar 30, 2016

To Sistersville

Third Ward Residents,

I look forward to serving on Sistersville Council as your representative beginning Monday, April 11. That service is something I take seriously, so I encourage every resident of the third ward to come to me with questions or concerns (contact information at bottom). At my first meeting, I will have an important decision to make, and I would like to hear your thoughts.

Water has long been a sensitive topic in the City of Sistersville. I will not dwell on the past, but I will say that the time for building a new water plant is most likely gone. This is further established by recent state regulations mandating an alternate water source for those who use river water.

In order to join Tyler County PSD, city staff and officials are already taking measures to cut down our city’s overall water loss, such as closely measuring water usage, charting where lines rupture, and repairing leaks as soon as possible. They are working hard to approach this from every angle so that we can finally upgrade our services.

While replacing infrastructure such as old pipes is in the city’s plans, it would be a 10 to 15 year project at best. The most immediate and cost-effective step is measuring our daily water loss. Without an additional cost to Sistersville residents, the city can purchase electronic meters/meter heads for about $180 per household.

Electronic readings will not be a total solution but one of many ways the city is trying to cut back on water loss.

Here are some other advantages:

– Getting better readings (current meters fog up or become hidden by water depending on the weather).

– Catching leaks earlier because meters are read more frequently (which saves both residents and the city money).

– Reducing labor expenses and freeing up time for city employees (they can transfer time spent on water issues to improving other aspects of our city).

– Easing the transition process when we switch water sources (Tyler County PSD will not want to manually read every meter).

I do not want to make this decision without presenting the facts and asking your opinion. Please contact me or consider attending council meetings to lend your insight.

My contact information: mailing address, 715 Main Street, Sistersville WV 26175; email address, alkwriter@outlook.com; Facebook, Alexander King; phone, 304-771-8835 (text or call).

Thank you!

Alex King