The Times West Virginian

February 3, 2013

Less than penny a gallon: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

Numerous steps required to ensure 24/7 availability of water

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The sun rises and the alarm goes off, signaling that it’s time to start the day.

Everybody has a different morning routine, but chances are, within minutes of getting out of bed, most of us will either turn the knob on a bathroom or kitchen sink to begin brewing our morning coffee, brush our teeth or start the day off with a shower.

While we’re busy taking part in these daily activities and creating a mental to-do list for the day that lies ahead, what we most likely aren’t thinking about is the process that allowed the water we use for so many things to be brought into our homes. Unless a water line breaks or there’s a power outage and our routine is inconveniently disrupted, it’s not at the forefront of our minds.

Even if we’re not thinking about it, employees at the City of Fairmont Water Treatment Plant are making it their priority to provide members of the community with the resource they so heavily rely on.

“We’re in business 24/7 to provide a service to our customers,” utility manager Dave Sago said.


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