JWC lawsuit delayed until Dec. 3

WINNSBORO – It’ll be at least another seven months before a lawsuit filed against the Jenkinsville Water Company is tried.

A trial date certain of Dec. 3 has been scheduled in a lawsuit Broad River Campground LLC filed against the JWC in 2014. The trial had been scheduled to get underway May 7.

According to the suit, the campground states the water company improperly calculated water rates. The suit also states the JWC inflated water usage rates in making its calculations.

The JWC has denied those assertions. It claims water is a finite resource that must be regulated.

“JWC’s actions did not harm the public interests, as the Company acted prudently to ensure that the water would be conserved properly and would be available to other customers and potential customers,” the JWC stated in a legal memo.

Also, multiple motions previously scheduled to be heard last week have been put on hold. A scheduling order signed by Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons said the motions have been continued until the next term of non-jury court.

One motion sought to merge two similarly worded lawsuits – one filed in 2014 and the other in 2016 – both targeting the JWC.

The campground sought to amend its original complaint. The JWC has also filed a motion for summary judgment to have the case dismissed.

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