The Boone County pump house.
Residents of Prenter Camp, W.Va. woke up one morning to no showers or tap water. The Boone County township had its water supply shut off with no notice or explanation, and is now uncertain where to turn for a solution.
The water supply used to be guaranteed through a relationship with the local coal mining company, which has since gone out of business. As reported on the Metro News website:
The power bill for the pump house... had always been paid by Patriot Coal. Patriot is now bankrupt and gone. The company which shut off the power this week was ERPS Oil... ERPS is an oil and gas exploration company. [ERPS] paid the bill for a couple of months after Patriot Coal was dissolved, but apparently stopped paying this week.
Read the full story on the Metro News website.