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Wood County Commission approves funds for Mineral Wells PSD

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission approved a $436,000 funding request to the Mineral Wells Public Service district to do an immediate emergency line replacement.

The money will go towards replacing a 10-inch water transmission line which provides water from the Claywood Park water treatment plant to Mineral Wells PSD and is the primary source of water for the Mineral Wells PSD water system, serving around 2,550 customers and a school with 600-700 students as well as providing water for local fire protection services.

Mineral Wells buys water from Claywood Park to supply its customers.

“We believe this is a needed project,” Commission President Blair Couch said. “It would be a wise expenditure.”

The line is about 2,900 feet that comes out of the water treatment plant in Davisville near the Little Kanawha River and the problems are stemming from system fatigue with the pumps being turned on and off, officials said.

The line, which is more than 40 years old, has had a number of breaks in recent years. In the last few weeks, it has failed five times with repairs done each time followed by a system-wide water boil advisory for two days until they got test results back to make sure the water was safe to drink. Most of the breaks have been in the Nicolette Road area.

Officials said the line deterioration has impacted homes, businesses and Mineral Wells Elementary School.

PSD officials believe the bids will go out in mid-October. The availability of pipe might be an issue. They are expecting the project to break ground after the first of the new year.

The commission approved the funding unanimously.

“This will be our first official expenditure from our funds through the American Recovery Act,” Couch said of over $16 million the county received in federal funds over the past year to fund needed projects as the country tries to recover from the financial impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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