As expected, West Virginia American Water announced Tuesday it has completed the $437,000 purchase of the Pratt water system.
Pratt residents voted overwhelmingly to sell their town's beleaguered water system to West Virginia American Water in June. The Kanawha County Commission also provided $180,000 to help pay outstanding debt obligations.
The town's water plant was built in the 1970s and was in disrepair. There were also numerous problems with the intake pipe pulling water from the Kanawha River for treatment.
The water was also found to be contaminated with haloacetic acids last June.
Water company officials told the Daily Mail last week the company expected to complete the purchase by Tuesday.
"We are pleased to expand our operations to serve residents in and around the community of Pratt and are confident that our team's expertise and our company's investment will vastly improve water quality and service reliability for customers," West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said in a statement Tuesday.
In addition to purchasing the system, the water company will also spend about $400,000 on upgrades to the existing system, including replacing dysfunctional fire hydrants, fixing prominent water leaks and replace all meters so that customers are billed accurately.
Other system improvements may follow after the initial round of upgrades.
To commemorate the purchase, the water company plans a "valve-turning" ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday to symbolize the town's official transition to a high quality, reliable water source.