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The Public Service Commission has given permission to a small Ballard County water company to cease and abandon its operations.

PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says Lovelaceville Water Company will stop its service in February 2015. The remaining 42 Lovelaceville customers will have until then to build their own well or cistern for water.

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Ballard County's smallest water district is closer to shutting down and leaving its 40 rural customers without service.

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A small Ballard County Water District may shut down and leave its nearly 50 customers without water service.

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A water utility in Ballard County is working to abandon operations that serve 55 people and help them find another water source.

Public Service Commission spokesperson Andrew Melnykovych says the utility is the smallest in the state, making it a hard sell to merge with water districts in nearby counties.