RICHLANDS, Va. — Clean drinking water is now flowing to another 50 families in Tazewell County.

Construction on the $1.1 million Red Ash Water Line Extension Project is complete, and water is flowing to 50 families who were previously dependent upon well water, Earl Griffith, chairman of the county’s Public Service Authority, said.

“It was well water, and a lot of it was old mining water that had a lot of iron and stuff in it,” Griffith said. “It was not drinkable.”

Griffith said everyone in the community should now have water.

“We’ve now got everyone hooked up,” Griffith said. “Everyone that wanted water has gotten water on that end.”

Griffith said the county has been working for the past three years to get clean drinking water to the Red Ash community. Griffith said work also was recently completed on the Kents Ridge Water Project also in the Northwestern District of Tazewell County.

“On Kents Ridge we finished that one up to,” Griffith said. “I’m not for sure if we’ve got everyone hooked up yet, but we are pretty close to getting everyone hooked up.”

The Red Ash project was funded by a $511,174 grant from the Abandoned Mine Land fund and through a $686,789 loan at a 0 percent interest rate for 30 years through the Virginia Department of Health.

“We’ve been working to get water to those individuals, and we finally got it done,” Griffith said. “It’s a great thing when we can say a project is complete.”

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