CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia American Water has suspended the practice of shutting off water service due to non-payment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service is being restored to all customers whose service was previously discontinued due to nonpayment. This practice will remain in effect as long as the current public health crisis continues.
These decisions were made to ensure clean, safe, reliable water service for all customers during this public health crisis, and to assist those customers who may experience financial hardships during this crisis.
“Our priority is and has always been the well-being of our customers,” said West Virginia American Water President Robert Burton. “During this public health crisis, we must ensure everyone, especially our most vulnerable citizens, has access to clean, safe and reliable water service. Through the actions we’re taking, we hope to provide some relief for those customers who may experience financial hardships as a result of this public health emergency.”
West Virginia American Water is also taking steps to comply with all Centers for Disease Control guidelines on COVID-19 mitigation. Accordingly, the company has suspended in-person payment transactions at all local offices. Customers will still be able to pay their bills online at myaccount.amwater.com or call the customer service line at 1-800-685-8660. They can also pay their bills at any third-party payment center that may be in their area. Customers can continue to make use of payment drop boxes if their local office has one.
In addition to protecting its customers, West Virginia American Water is prioritizing the health of its employees. The company has banned all work-related air travel. It has also mandated employees work from home other than certain essential personnel such as those needed to ensure water and wastewater treatment. In addition, the company will not participate in sponsored events and public gatherings consistent with CDC guidance. These restrictions will not affect West Virginia American Water’s financial commitment to the many nonprofits and causes it supports each year.
“These decisions were made in accordance with our commitment to our customers and employees and the recommendations of public health officials,” President Burton said. “We hope these measures will bring some relief to those who may be affected by this crisis and contribute to the curtailment of the pandemic’s advance. Our thoughts are with our customers, employees and all those across the globe during this extraordinary time.”
COVID-19 and Water Quality:
West Virginia American Water’s treatment processes are effective in removing harmful pathogens as required by law, including those of the Coronavirus family. Our water meets all federal and state drinking water standards and is safe to use.
For additional information about the coronavirus and drinking water and wastewater, please visit:
- Environmental Protection Agency – Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual
- World Health Organization – Water treatment practices effective against COVID-19, WHO says
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About West Virginia American Water
West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. More information can be found at www.westvirginiaamwater.com.