The Wetzel County Public District No. 1's project to extend water service to approximately 98 households in the county is slowly, but surely, making progress.
PSD Project Manager Keith Nelsen shared the news that the project is now fully funded, having received the $1 million balance in December from a Small Cities Block grant. Furthermore, he said the design phase is complete and they have all the permits needed in place. The PSD is now entering the next phase, which is submitting the project to the Public Service Commission for approval. Nelsen noted this stage can take up to six months.
Following the PSC's anticipated approval, the project will go out for bid, Nelsen explained, adding he believes bidding will take place in late fall of this year.
"When you pay your $100 years in advance and you don't see any progress, it's discouraging," said Nelsen referring to the many calls he has received from understandably concerned citizens. Nelsen stressed such projects take a great deal of time but that plans are moving forward and those who currently still utilize wells as their source of water are not being ignored. "We are coming," he reiterated.
As stated in a press release from the USDA, who awarded the PSD a Water and Waste Disposal Grant in the amount of $1,004,000 for this particular project in October 2011, construction will involve approximately 75,000 linear feet of eight-inch, six-inch, four-inch, and two-inch waterlines.