MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Berkeley County Commission President James Smith promised residents in the Blairton community that the county would not allow their water to be shut off.
"Your water is not going to go away," Smith said. "That can't happen and we won't allow it to happen."
Exactly how Blairton will get a new water source, however, remains unclear.
A contingent of Blairton residents, bolstered by the presence of two state delegates, showed up at the commission meeting Thursday morning and asked the county to intervene in Blairton's dispute with the Riverton Quarry.
"We're there," said Blairton Community Committee co-chair Harlan "Doc" Greenfield. "We want to stay there."
Blairton and Riverton are headed toward a Dec. 15 hearing in Berkeley County Circuit Court over Riverton's decision to stop supplying water to residents in the area.
Riverton has supplied water to about 40 homes in Blairton free of charge since the 1970s and continues to do so for now. But it announced in February 1995 it would no longer provide water and told the residents to find a new source.