Regional water meeting turns into tense affair

    What was supposed to be a routine quarterly meeting on the state of the Virginia regional water system turned into a tense affair when grievances over the system took center stage. Ashland Mayor Terry Blakeman attended the meeting along with several members of the board to air Ashland’s issues with payments into the system.
    The trigger for the controversy is a planned link-up between Virginia and North Morgan Rural Water Co-op. North Morgan is already a backup supplier of water to Ashland. Blakeman said that would allow Virginia to charge Ashland twice, first in the $12,000 per month payments on the regional water plant, and again through water supplied to North Morgan. Blakeman said that is “not a good deal for [Ashland].” North Morgan’s water charges to Ashland have also skyrocketed.

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