The City of St. Clairsville will no longer discuss selling the city’s water supply to Aqua Ohio.

City council members discussed voted on whether or not to sell the water supply during a virtual city council meeting on Monday.

Council voted 5-0, with one abstention coming from Linda Jordan, to discontinue the talks with Aqua Ohio.

“I feel a lot of satisfaction in that the decision was come to in a very informed way because again I ran on the fact that I wanted to see all options brought to the table,” said St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman. “Council was able to render a decision based on good information.”

The city will now focus its attention on the East End Booster Station.

Currently, the facility can draw up to 325,000 gallons of water from the Belmont County supply.

Council voted 5-0, with one abstention coming from Linda Jordan, to discontinue the talks with Aqua Ohio.

“I feel a lot of satisfaction in that the decision was come to in a very informed way because again I ran on the fact that I wanted to see all options brought to the table,” said St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman. “Council was able to render a decision based on good information.”

The city will now focus its attention on the East End Booster Station.

Currently, the facility can draw up to 325,000 gallons of water from the Belmont County supply.

Pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency helped shape the decision.

Thalman said the EPA threatened to levy fines up to $25,000 per day if remediations to the city’s water system were not made.

Since then, Thalman says 14 of 16 needed improvements have been completed.

St. Clairsville will need to close its current water plant, which draws from a reservoir, within two years to avoid further actions from the EPA.

As for the cost of the project, Mayor Thalman wasn’t able to provide specific information, but she says the city is dedicated to keeping costs low.

“We are going to do the best we can to keep our rates economical,” said Thalman. “I’m sure there will be some raises but we will do the best we can to mitigate that.”

The next step for the city is to further develop plans to upgrade the East End Booster Station.