The proceeds from the sale of the water system -- helped by a $180,000 contribution in coal severance funds from the Kanawha County Commission -- mean that the town of Pratt is now also debt-free, something Mayor Gary Fields said was the first time he could remember.
"It's a great day for Pratt," Fields said. "This has been quite a battle for the last four years. I'm really excited about this. I think Pratt is ready to move forward."
Officials also expressed optimism about potential development, now that the town and nearby areas have a clean, more reliable water source.
"The future is exciting," Councilwoman Kaye Ford said. "In due time, we'll be able to see great things come from Pratt."
Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said West Virginia American Water spent $2.64 million on the project to connect Pratt to its existing system in the county.
"It's easy to take water for granted," he said. "Those of you that live in Pratt... know you can't take clean water for granted."
Pratt's water will now come from the Elk River, via West Virginia American Water's treatment plant in Charleston. The new pipeline across the Kanawha River connects to the Pratt system at the eastern end of Kanawha Street in Hansford.
The company said the treatment plant in Charleston serves around 210,000 people in Kanawha, Putnam and Boone counties, as well as small portions of Logan, Lincoln, Cabell, Clay, Roane, Jackson and Mason counties.
The sale of the Pratt system closed Tuesday.
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