EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSConstruction To Start On Chapmanville Water Project
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Reported by: Sean Delancey
Reported: Jun. 22, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 22, 2014 11:22 PM EDT
Chapmanville , Logan County , West Virginia
A major construction project is about to get underway in Logan County.
The goal is to bring reliable water service to the city of Chapmanville, and the community couldn't be more anxious for work to get under way.
The Chapmanville Fire Department said it has never failed to put out a fire because of the water system, but water service is getting worse and worse.
Firefighters said it's time for change.
Crews will get to work Monday morning replacing an aging water system in Chapmanville.
Odis Barker lived when the existing system was put in the ground more than 70 years ago.
The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health said the current system is losing over 30 percent of the water it puts out.
"It definitely needs updated,” Matthew Dingess of the Chapmanville Fire Department said. “That way we don't have to shuttle water and we always have water in town."
Dingess said that will bring peace of mind to firefighters as they battle flames.
He said the new infrastructure should also help draw new businesses to the area.
"It's always nice to have more jobs to have people in, and I hope it brings more jobs," Dingess said.
Barker said he has seen many projects begin here that were never completed.
But he's now hopeful that this one will be seen through to the end.
"It'll be nice. If it actually goes through, I'm for it," Barker said.
The project should take four to five months to complete, and is largely being supported by grant money.
Existing utilities shouldn't be affected during that time, but, if you're traveling along Route 10, expect construction delays.
Construction is set to start Monday on a long-awaited water system project in Chapmanville.
The town's original water system was built in the 1940s, and in recent years, has been experiencing several major problems.
The new water system includes 10,000 feet of water main and a full restoration of three water storage tanks.
It will all cost around $3 million dollars, but grants are helping pay for it.
Construction will likely take about five months to complete.
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