Elkins Water Board

Last modified on December 29th, 2022 at 03:54 pm

For information about the 2022 water-rate increase, click here.

The management, control, and operation of the Elkins Public Waterworks System is vested in the Elkins Water Board. (Read the relevant section of city code here.)

The water board consists of five members, one of which must by law be the mayor (or the mayor’s designee). At least three members must be Elkins residents, and all must be West Virginia residents. Water board members are appointed by the Elkins council to four-year terms; membership is unpaid.

The water board collaborates with city council in establishing rates and planning and securing funds for capital projects. Council is ultimately responsible for setting rates, issuing bonds, and similar matters.

Funding for the water system, as for other utilities, is strictly regulated. Click here to learn more about the restrictions that apply.

Board Members

Current water board members are:

  • Jerry Marco (as/while mayor of Elkins)
  • Chuck Preusch (term ends March 31, 2022)
  • Carol Cain Bush (term ends March 31, 2023)
  • Shawn Bennett (terms ends March 31, 2024)
  • Mitchum Marstiller (term ends March 31, 2025)
  • Melody Himes (recording secretary/non-voting)
  • Tracy Judy (treasurer/non-voting)

Board Meetings

The regular meetings of the Elkins Water Board are on fourth Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the council chamber at Elkins City Hall. The board may also hold special meetings with two days’ notice when needed. Legally mandated meeting notices are posted in the kiosk in front of city hall. As a convenience, meeting times and agendas for this and other boards, commissions, and committees are also posted on this page.

Elkins Public Waterworks System

The Elkins water system consists of the Water Treatment Plant, which purifies water taken from the Tygart Valley River, and the network of pipes that carry potable water to homes, businesses, and other buildings (the Water Distribution System). The Elkins water utility directly serves customers both inside and outside city limits. Elkins also provides water to several public service districts in the area, which resell the water to their customers.

The Elkins water system is managed and overseen on a daily basis by the chief operator.

Water System Chief Operator:
Wes Lambert
Phone: (681) 298-5200
Fax: (304) 637-7309

Learn more about the water treatment plant here.

The Water Distribution Department performs installation and repair of pipes and related equipment used to carry potable water to customers.

Water Distribution Department Supervisor
Eric Hiner
3 Baxter Street, Elkins, WV, 26241
Mailing Address: 401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

Other Important Information

Other important water-related information may be found at the links below:

For More Information or to Contact the Water Board

Operations Assistant
Melody Himes
Phone: 304-636-1414, Ext. 1433
Fax: 304-635-7132
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

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