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Asheville water bill headed to the governor

Management of the city's water system would move from Asheville to a regional authority under a measure that was given final legislative approval Wednesday.

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Mark Binker
RALEIGH, N.C. — Asheville would lose control of its water system under a bill that received final legislative approval Wednesday.

Under the bill, which passed the House on a 76-40 vote, the city's water system would be managed by a regional authority.

"This has been a long and difficult issue for the people of Asheville," said Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, appealing for he colleagues to reject the measure. 

The bill creates a mechanism by which other utilities around the state could move from city control to a regional authority. However, in every other case, the bill requires the cooperation of all the municipalities involved. The bill requires the move for Asheville. 

The measure now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature or veto. 

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