Shakeup of Asheville water system backed by House

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Submitted: Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:42am
Updated: Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:43am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill to transfer control of Asheville’s water system to a regional authority has received initial approval from the North Carolina House.

The chamber voted 68-42 on Thursday in favor of the measure, which bill sponsors say seeks to resolve a long-running governing dispute for a system that serves Asheville, most of Buncombe County and some of Henderson County. The area in and around Asheville already operates a sewage district.

Some Asheville officials are angry about the move. They say the city has run the water system well and won’t get compensated for losing the system’s assets. Other cities have approved resolutions opposing the change.

The bill would allow other communities to create their own regional water and sewer districts.

The measure needs another vote before going to the Senate.

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