By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A water line project now going out to bid could bring service to Mercer County residents who now rely on a small treatment plant for their needs.
The Bluewell Public Service District recently advertised in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph for bids from contractors interested in constructing a new water pipeline in the Bluewell area of Mercer County.
“It’s going from Coaldale Mountain to Windmill Gap,” said Bryan Rotenberry, manager of the Bluewell PSD. “Windmill Gap as a little community system they’ve run for years, but this will take its place.”
The first of the two contracts up for bid include approximately 43,646 feet of six-inch water line, 2,650 feet of two-inch waterline, valves, hydrants, meters and other equipment. A second contract will consist of a 56,000 gallon elevated water storage tank and foundation, fencing and equipment.
All of the customers on the existing Windmill Gap water system will be connected to the new water line, Rotenberry said. He did not have a figure for the number of people who would become part of the new water system.
The two contracts are being funded by a grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Abandoned Mine Lands Act.
“It is 100 percent funded by them,” Rotenberry said of the abandoned mine land grant.
A mandatory pre-bid conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m., Nov. 20 at the Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department, according the legal notice. Construction could begin soon afterwards.
“We would probably be able to start by the first of the year depending on the weather, Rotenberry said.
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