Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 19, 2014

McDowell bringing water to three communities in four phases

MAYBEURY — A new multi-million dollar water line project along U.S. Route 52 in McDowell County will be advertised for construction in the next couple of weeks.

Construction on the first phase of the project will begin at the end of May or beginning of June, Mavis Brewster, general manager of the McDowell County Public Service District, said.

The $8 million project will include a 400,000-gallon water storage tank, brand new water lines and meters, Brewster said.

The new water lines will run through Maybeury, Elkhorn and Switchback.

“With projects like these companies have one year to complete the construction. But since the construction will begin in spring or early summer it is possible to get done ahead of time since the weather will be nice,” Brewster said.

As of right now no funding for phase two has been secured but the PSD is in the process of submitting the funding paperwork, Brewster said.

“When the funding is secured, new water lines will run from the Mercer County line all the way to Kimball,” Brewster said.

The project will consist of four phases.

A date for the ground-breaking ceremony has not yet been scheduled, but will hopefully be held someone near the end of April, Brewster said.

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