Fairmont, W.Va. (AP) -- For every gallon of water Fairmont provides to its roughly 13,000 residential commercial customers, another gallon is lost thanks to leaky, aging infrastructure.
City officials hope the state Public Service Commission will approve a 14 percent rate hike to fund a $4 million plan to detect and replace broken old pipes.
Fairmont utility manager Dave Sago says the city's water plant produces about 6 million gallons of water every day -- but only 3 million gallons come out of the tap.
PSC engineer Jim Weimer says Fairmont isn't alone.
Aging water infrastructure is also a problem in cities like Wheeling, Weirton and Clarksburg.
The requested rate hike comes after the city council has already asked the PSC for a 49 percent increase in rates.
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