The Times West Virginian

December 22, 2012

Rivesville water project hits milestone

Contractors finish laying last major pipe under Paw Paw Creek

By Emily Gallagher, Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

RIVESVILLE — After years of work, the town of Rivesville only has two tie-ins before it is completely finished with the second phase of its water project.

Contractors recently finished laying the last major pipe underneath Paw Paw Creek.

It’s easier than it sounds, said Mayor Jim Hershman, but it represents a milestone in the nearly 10-year project and signals the soon end to getting everything hooked up.

“We need one more tie-in at the river crossing and one more tie-in in Green Town, and all of our major tie-ins will be complete,” Hershman said.

Laying a pipe underwater water sounds like a really difficult project, but he said that it only took two days to install.

“They have a boring machine,” — that’s a machine that drills holes — “and this boring machine actually digs a small tunnel under the water.”

The drill is directed by a small device used from a boat on the surface.

“He holds the device where he wants the auger to go,” Hershman said, allowing them to get a nice straight line to lay the pipe through.

After that, they hook the pipe to the auger on the other side and use it to pull the pipe through as they retract it.

“It’s very simple,” he said.


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