WV Water Panel Suggests Land Owner Tax Credit

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A West Virginia panel suggests introducing a tax credit for landowners and putting $12.2 million toward plans to protect water supplies.

Public Water Supply System Study Commission subgroups made the recommendations at a meeting Friday.

The income tax credit would benefit landowners who use land for water protection.

The $12.2 million in state money over three years would help utilities pay for source water protection plans.

Both would need lawmakers' approval.

The panel is studying a new law responding to a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's water for days. A tank leaked chemicals into the Elk River, which West Virginia American Water uses for the region's water supply.

The 12-member group meets again Monday. Its first annual report on the new law is due Dec. 15.