Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 17, 2014

Water extension would serve 28 residents

GREEN VALLEY — Residents living on Harmon School Road are hoping a proposed water project will bring clean drinking water to their homes.

Marty Mariotti, general manager of the Green Valley-Glenwood Public Service District, said 28 residents living on Harmon School Road do not have good water, and at times do not have water at all.

“People living in these homes are using cisterns, bottled water and hauling in water, some have wells but the water is not usable, it is just horrible,” Mariotti said.

The proposed project consists of upgrading the existing water treatment plant, installing new raw waterline, installing new waterline at Harmon School Road, replacing existing meters with new radio read meters and other small items related to the project.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rural Utilities Service has assessed the potential environmental effects of the proposed project and has determined that the proposal will not have a significant effect on the human environment. The review included various federal and state agencies’ concurrence.

“As of right now the $16 million funding application has been submitted and we are waiting on the USDA to approve everything. We have had some really good feedback from the USDA and are hoping we can get this project approved so these people can get good clean water,” Mariotti said.

The project will involve the purchase of the Dan Hale Reservoir which provides excellent water quality, Mariotti said.

“We will also be providing Bluewell Public Service Department’s water and they will shut down their plant,” Mariotti said.

The project will take approximately a year to complete if approved.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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