PRENTER, W.Va. — Around 35 homes made up of approximately 60 people in Prenter have reportedly been without water since Tuesday Dec. 15.
Boone County Administrator Jim Gore explained the Prenter area is dependent on a single well which, through the use of an electrical pump, distributes water to residents.
Even under normal circumstances, the water in Prenter is not safe to consume; however, residents use the water for sanitary purposes.
“There has been an ongoing problem with the water in Prenter. It’s a coal mining area. Coal companies owned most of the property, and they owned the well,” added Gore.
Recently, copper thieves reportedly took grounding wire from a nearby power substation rendering it unsafe to operate.
The current owners were reportedly forced to idle the substation which cut electricity to the pump causing the water lines in Prenter to run dry.
Gore noted the County Commission was contacted by West Virginia American Water with the offer to bring in a 450 gallon potable water tanker to the area Dec. 18.
“Appalachian Power has been contacted, and they know about the problem. They are going to get the power back in service as soon as it’s safe. That’s what has been reported to the commission. It is a private well. It has nothing to do with the water company or…the county, but, of course, the county wants to help them get things back so we made calls. I think the power company…is working as fast as they can to get that power back on.” explained Gore.
The Boone County Commission has also opened the Racine Community Center to residents of Prenter so they can fill containers with water.
Gore added, “We hope they have their water turned back on soon.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.