Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 10, 2013

Officials: $1.1 million pump station project means better water service

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

RICHLANDS, Va. — Work will soon be underway on a $1.1 million pump station project that will provide improved water service to customers in areas of Tazewell, Buchanan and Russell counties.

Tazewell County Public Service Administrator Dahmon “Ikey” Ball said the upgrade to the Burnette Street Pump Station will improve water access to customers in the communities of Doran and Raven in Tazewell County as well as to the community of Swords Creek in Russell County and Shortt Gap in Buchanan County.

“It will increase the volume of water supplied to the Northwestern District of Tazewell County including the communities of Doran and Raven as well as enterprises with Buchanan and Russell counties,” Ball said. “The upgrade will allow the station to pump up to 650 gallons of water per minute. This is truly a regional project as the PSA buys water from Richlands for this system.”

Ball said the upgrade will also end a Virginia Department of Health advisory issued on the system.

“It should allow the water system to be more efficient because the water will pump more frequently,” he said. “It alleviates an advisory notice from the Virginia Department of Health to upgrade the pump station.”

Ball said the majority of the project’s price tag has been covered by grant funds and a low-interest loan through Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

“We have funds for this through different groups,” Ball said. “We received a $671,514 grant from the Virginia Department of Health, a $77,171 grant from the Southwest Virginia Regional Water and Wastewater Fund, and $36,829 locally from the Cumberland Plateau Planning Commission,” Ball said. “We also received a low-interest state loan for $335,750 at 3 percent interest for three years.”

Ball said construction on the upgrade is expected to start in a few weeks.

“Construction has been tentatively scheduled to begin on April 1,” he said. “We are hoping it will finished by the end of summer or early fall.”

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