Water customers in Pratt will only have to wait one more week until they are served by West Virginia American Water.
The company plans to have a "valve-turning" ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the ball fields in Hansford, just to the east of Pratt, spokeswoman Laura Jordan said. The public is invited.
The company plans to formally close the deal transferring the town's system to the company Nov. 19, Jordan said.
Pratt voters were nearly unanimous in a June election to sell the system to the private company, with 153 votes and favor and just seven opposed. The water system had been failing for years and was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to various agencies.
Last June, a test found that haloacetic acids in the water supply were above the maximum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Pratt water system was completed in 1978, and the town's sewage system was finished in 1989. It also serves the unincorporated community of Hansford and areas along Paint Creek Road to the West Virginia Turnpike.
West Virginia American Water agreed to purchase the water system -- pending voter approval -- in March.
Commissioner Dave Hardy, a Pratt native whose parents still live there, said those served by the system are "thrilled" about the change.
"That plant is way past its useful life," Hardy said.