Montgomery hearings set for Armstrong sewer district

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – State regulators have scheduled public comment and evidentiary hearings next month into the future of Armstrong Public Service District’s sewer services.

The system, based in Kimberly, serves 822 sewer customers in the Montgomery area of Fayette County. It also serves 879 water customers.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia will hold the public comment hearing at 10 a.m. and the evidentiary hearing at 1 p.m., both on July 9 at Montgomery City Hall, 321 Fourth Ave., Montgomery.

The case stems from a petition filed last December 13 by Kanawha Falls Public Service District to determine if Armstrong is a failing sewer utility under the Distressed and Failing Utilities Improvement Act of 2020.

The order setting the hearings said Commission staff has “identified deficiencies related to a ‘major problem’ with inflow and infiltrate, a lack of spare parts for the lift stations, and little or no preventative maintenance performed on the collection system.”

Staff also reported managerial and financial problems with the system in making a recommendation it be declared distressed and required to enter into a management agreement with Kanawha Falls since the two systems are connected. However, staff also noted separate concerns that might subject Kanawha Falls to its own distressed utility proceeding.

More information on this case can be found on the PSC website: www.psc.state.wv.us. Click on “Case Information” and access Case No. 23-0934-PSD-DU.

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