The Lad has been reporting on the ongoing water crisis and its impacts for more than a decade.
A local company that supplies the city with its drinking water was recently fined for not complying with the Clean Water Act, and now a company that provides water to a growing number of people is being sued for allegedly withholding clean water from its customers.
According to documents obtained by The Lad, the city of Chesapeake has been fined $500,000 for not fulfilling its obligation to provide clean water to its customers, which is estimated to be as high as $200,000 per day.
The fines were made against Chesapeake’s Water & Power and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the City of Alexandria and a few local businesses, including a grocery store.
The penalties are a huge blow to the city, which depends on its own water for about 75 percent of its revenue, The Lad reported in May.
As of August, the company reported it had lost $7.5 million in revenue since 2010, with about $5 million of that money from the water it supplied to the local residents.
The Lad reported that the city has been operating under a $40 million contract with the state of Virginia for water for its residential customers, and the city had been paying the city’s $1.9 million water bill through a payment schedule set up by the state.
The city was expected to pay the rest through an independent contractor.
However, the government contract was cut due to budget cuts, and so the city will now be paying through its own contractors.
As of August 2016, there were roughly 17,000 customers in the Alexandria area who were not receiving clean water, according to The Lad.
Those customers were being served by the local company, but the company has since switched to another water source.
The city of Alexandria, which includes Alexandria and surrounding communities, relies on the water of a small group of well water suppliers in the region.
The well water is piped from a nearby well, and then filtered to remove bacteria.
It’s then mixed with water from another well and bottled, with the bottled water being used by people who are not on the city water plan.
The water is then used to irrigate lawns and gardens, and is not used to treat drinking water.
The Alexandria Water Department did not respond to a request for comment.
In September, The Leads water-treatment plant in Alexandria was fined $2,500, and in December the Alexandria City Council voted to impose $5,000 fines on the two companies that supply water to the residents of the city.
The council also voted to place a moratorium on new wells in the city and to create a city-run water company.
The Leads has a contract with two of the companies, and it also receives water from other water suppliers, which the company had contracted with for some of the water the city was supposed to supply to the citizens of Alexandria.
In June, the state Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of violation for a Chesapeake subsidiary that had been failing to provide the city-funded water to residents.
A letter from the department said that Chesapeake did not maintain its water filtration system.
“The City has consistently provided clean water services to its citizens,” the letter said.
“However, in recent months, the City has been unable to supply its residents with water that meets or exceeds the standards of the Clean Drinking Water Act.
The City is in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and we are continuing to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department’s Enforcement Division to resolve this issue.”
The city is currently appealing the notice of the violations.
The Chesapeake company has not responded to requests for comment, and a spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for a comment.