An environmentally minded group, Mountain Voices Alliance, is hosting an open forum on the future of the Asheville-Buncombe water system, on Monday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Jubilee! in downtown Asheville (46 Wall St.).
Titled “Losing Control of Our Water,” the forum is one of several spurred by the creation of a Statehouse committee that is studying the possibility of such options as creating an independent water authority or turning the system over to the Metropolitan Sewerage District Panelists include committee chair Rep. Tim Moffitt and committee member Chuck McGrady; Rep. Patsy Keever; Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt; Asheville Council members Jan Davis and Marc Hunt; local public-interest activist Barry Summers; Warren Wilson College economics professor Susan Kask; Asheville Downtown Association director Joe Minicozzi; and Clear Water for North Carolina Assistant Director Katie Hicks.
From the press release:
“A legislative committee in Raleigh, chaired by Rep. Tim Moffitt, is looking at possibly requiring the City of Asheville to surrender its water system to an outside agency. Is this a good thing? Is this a fair thing? What are the implications? Who is making these decisions for us? Is this process open, transparent and comprehensive?”
Last week, the League of Women Voters hosted a forum on the topic, and on Thursday, Feb. 23, the state committee will hold a public hearing at the WNC Ag Center.