Residents, Officials Discuss Route 18 Water Project
The Tyler County PSD met with residents of Tyler County to discuss the Route 18 water project. There were representatives present from the engineering department, as well as Attorney Dean Rohrig, to help answer any questions regarding the water project.
Phase I of the water project will extend water service from the south end of Middlebourne out to Boreman Elementary School. There is also approximately a quarter of a mile extension on Clark Ridge and a one mile extension on the Friendly Hill water system to be added to Phase I. Altogether the extensions will reach 52 new customers and of those 52 there must be an 80 percent participation rate to secure funding, which is around 42 people. The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2018 and is estimated to cost 1.9 million dollars.
The tap fee is currently 100 dollars which is refundable if necessary. After the bidding process, the tap fee will be 350 dollars. These rates are set by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. There is also a 50 dollar application fee, however that is not due until the water is set to be turned on. The rate for water will be $10.99 per 1,000 gallons for a minimum of 3,000 gallons and there will be a three year commitment.
Funding for these projects will come from a combination of a small city’s block grant and a loan through the US Department of Agriculture.
It was stated that the water will come from the Friendly plant, where the pumps were recently tested and showed that they can pump 450 gallons per minute for 24 hours. These numbers are well within reason of providing water to the potential customers with good water pressure.
It was recommended to some of the attendees that they could start a petition to get people interested in signing up for water. The more people interested, the more likely the project will be completed in a timely fashion. Also they were advised to visit with the county commissioners to discuss the need for the second phase of the water project, as well as going door to door to inform residents of the potential water services.
The commissioners sent a representative to state that they are prepared for the tap and right of ways necessary to provide water service to the 4-H camp grounds.
They are ready to move forward with the project to better provide water to the residents of Tyler County.
Some of the benefits of having city water is that you can still get water during a power outage. Also, the water project will provide hydrant service which can decrease home insurance rates due to fire protection.
There were some members of the Muddy Creek area there to express how their water service has ruined several washing machines, clothes, sinks, toilets, and other appliances. They feel that their water is not even safe enough to cook with. Unfortunately, these people will have to wait for Phase II to begin before they will receive water service.
Phase II of the project will extend water from Boreman Elementary School to Centersville, providing water to 162 customers, and is projected to cost 5.7 million dollars. The Tyler County PSD is still in the process of getting funding for this phase and determining the final details. Phase II cannot begin until Phase I has been competed and so they are not accepting user agreements for Phase II at this time.
There are forms available at the Tyler PSD in Friendly and at Attorney Dean Rohrig’s office for anyone wanting to sign up for the first phase of the water project.