"Right now, we can't tap into a water main we can't own," Jordan said.
Jordan said water company and FMC attorneys had been "playing phone tag" in recent weeks, attempting to broker a deal. She said the water company hopes FMC would be willing to negotiate according to the offer that was made four years ago.
Mullens said he has been on the phone relaying messages between the two companies, trying to speed up the process. He said one sticking point was the age of the FMC lines, which has caused water company officials to fret over future maintenance or replacement costs in the future.
Jordan said she believed the two companies can resolve their issues, once attorneys are able to begin negotiations.
"We are hopeful that we're going to be able to come to an agreement with (FMC)," she said. "We certainly know it's a priority."
Jim Smith declined a request to comment on the water line situation when reached by phone Thursday. However, he did say he did not believe the matter would cause any major delays in the company's moving plans.
Company officials have yet to set a date to complete the move to South Charleston.
Mullens said he thinks Smith Fastener is close to making the move, they just need to work out the water situation first.
"They're reading and willing to go," he said. "I just can't get the water company and FMC to get together and cut a deal."