TUPPERS PLAINS — A large area of the water system in Chester, Bedofrd and Sailsbury townships will be upgraded as part of the Phase 10 Improvements Project for the Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District.
The Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District announced on Friday that project funding has been secured for their Phase 10 Improvements Project. The project will enhance a large area of the existing water system in Chester, Bedford and Salisbury townships in Meigs County. The existing water system is nearing 50 years of service and this project will help provide safe and clean drinking water to the area for another 50 years.
The Phase 10 project ranked No. 18 on Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s final priority list for Drinking Water Assistance Funds, announced General Manager Donald Poole in a news release.
The project qualified for 50 percent of project cost in principal forgiveness (grant) and the remaining 50 percent will be zero percent interest loan. The estimated project cost is $6,845,765, with $3,422,882.50 to be forgiven and $3,422,882.50 will be paid back over 30 years.
The District is also continuing to pursue additional grant opportunities with Appalachian Regional Commission.
The project will include approximately 51,000 feet of new waterline including 10 additional fire hydrants, a new water booster station on Warehouse Road (replacing existing Flatwoods station), a new 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank on Old Forest Road, and interconnection with Leading Creek Conservancy District at Rocksprings near US 33 and State Route 833 interchange. The replacement of nearly 6,000 customer water meters will also be done at the same time.
The new waterline will begin at the intersection of State Route 248 and Showalter Road heading south to State Route 7 then heading west to the Flatwoods Road and Pomeroy Pike intersection before heading north along Flatwoods Road to the intersection with Rocksprings Road. See the enclosed map for the project area.
The project is currently in the design phase and the District is notifying property owners regarding the new watermain and potential easements. The engineers at Hull & Associates from Newark, Ohio, are working with the District to finalize the project parameters, so it can be constructed in 2019.
With the new project, the District is striving to incorporate efficient, innovative, and operative features into the project. Some of these features include: solar and wind power for telemetering equipment at the tank site (the district presently has 12 solar sites in operation and one wind turbine), a backup generator at the booster station to allow operation during a power outage (the district now has 20 fixed in place generators that insure no customer will be out of water service during power outage), using GPS to locate facilities for increased accuracy but also to mark the water lines we are abandoning with the project, and installing a new metering system which is currently being extensively researched. The use of “smart water meters” with many abilities is out there and we want to insure we choose what is best for our area and terrain.
The Phase 10 project is a cooperative effort of a lot of people.
“The District would like to thank our customers first simply because without their support in the past and future none of our projects would take place. The District strives with great efforts to install water lines on private property by the use of easements. Private property owners make our projects possible by eliminating the need to go in the public road right of ways with water lines,” stated the district in the news release.
“When a water line is placed in the right of way, the water distribution system has to operate with a constant requirement to move from the public roads when asked or demanded. When we are on private property, the private land owner protects us from this intrusion. Past years of water line relocations from the pipelines along Route 50 in Athens County and SR 33 in Meigs County provided a lesson learned and highlighted the great value of private property owners past and present.”
“For an infrastructure project of this size to happen, many people work together and it never goes unnoticed. We would like to thank the funding agencies like Ohio EPA and Buckeye Hills Regional Council for all the support, and the Leading Creek Conservancy District Manager Rocky Johnson and their Board of Directors for being good neighbors with support of an interconnect. We both hope to never have to use it, but it will be ready if or when it is needed,” concluded the news release from Poole.
The Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District was created on Dec. 31, 1966 by petition from the Orange Township Trustees, Robert Marcinko, Oscar Pennington, & Cecil Caldwell to the Common Pleas Court in Meigs County. Throughout the fifty years, there have been expansions to serve new areas but the district is starting to bump close to other rural and village water systems.
Information provided by Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District.