The Times West Virginian

March 12, 2014

Fairview water project scheduled to be up and running during April

By Chelsi Baker
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Concerned citizens gathered with the Fairview Town Council Monday to ask for an update on the Fairview Water Line Extension Project.

“We were all just concerned where the project stood and when we were going to be getting water,” said Gary Moore, a member of the water committee.

The town is currently in the process of fixing pipe leaks and installing meters, according to the council.

While citizens did not get a definitive answer, they were told the project would be up and running sometime in April. It may be finished as soon as April 1, Moore said.

Citizens learned the city has drilled a well that produces nearly 70 gallons of water per minute, Moore said.

The project, which will bring clean water from Fairview to more than 120 homes outside of town who currently rely on well water, began in 2012. It’s completion date was pushed back in November 2013 until after the first of the year. According to the Town of Fairview, it is nine months past completion.

The water will be used for drinking and to tame potential fires, Moore said. It affects those who use well water that is often unsafe or that dries up during some parts of the year. People in that area sometimes pay to haul water to their homes from Fairview.

“They’re saying we should be getting water here soon. They’ve got to get a few things fixed,” said Moore.

New meters are being installed, but they will be locked. Customers are urged not to remove the locks or consume the water that is currently in the line. It must be flushed and sanitized before it is safe for consumption.

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