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Water-line project to benefit all
By Marianne Austin
West Lafayette Mayor Steve Bordenkircher said there are a number of benefits in connecting the village water system to the Coshocton system .
“ Our water treatment plant is 20 years old ,” Bordenkircher said . “ We ’ ve been talking about this for about three years . In the southeast corner of the village , we had substandard piping , and that has all been replaced . The pipe size was only 4 inches . It will provide better water — a lot cleaner , chlorinated , soft water .”
Bordenkircher said the infrastructure only produced 1 million gallons per day , so the village lost business opportunities because of this .
“ Now we have 6.7 million gallons daily capacity ,” Bordenkircher said . “ Also , it was expensive and hard to find Class 2 operators to take care of the water treatment plant . Another benefit is that we don ’ t have that struggle anymore . There was a major concern for fires . With the pipe looping system , there are several pathways that the water can follow from the source to the consumer , which will improve fire protection . We will have outside fire hydrants every 500 feet all the way to Coshocton , which will greatly improve fire protection there as well .”
Coshocton Mayor Mark Mills said connecting county infrastructures promotes more business .
“ Where you have good infrastructure , development follows , and that ’ s where we all truly win ,” Mills said . “ Good infrastructure is important , not only for faster economic growth , but also benefits growth for the majority of people in the county . It adds customers and creates extra revenue for our water system . Anything having to do with infrastructure is the pass to progress .”
The city of Coshocton took on the West Lafayette Water System at the end of January . The switch over was Saturday , Jan . 30 at 10 a . m . After the distribution call to deactivate , Max Crown , Coshocton ’ s safety service director , and retired utilities director Dave
McVay switched and deactivated the village of West Lafayette ’ s water system at that time .
This project came about in three stages , the first being the main line from West Lafayette to Coshocton , about 3,000 feet of pipe in the ground . The second stage replaced main lines in West Lafayette and put interior pipes in the village . The third and final stage was installation of water meters .
Coshocton received $ 500,000 in H2Ohio funding to build a new water line to connect West Lafayette to Coshocton ’ s water system . The project consists of a booster station and a drinking water line connecting West Lafayette to Coshocton ’ s water system . This replaces West Lafayette ’ s water treatment plant that was jeopardized by ground water contamination .
H2Ohio funds made the project more affordable , along with grants from the Community Development Block Grant and Appalachian Regional Commission . Ohio EPA ’ s state revolving loan fund provided $ 3 million in principal forgiveness with the balance covered by no-interest loan funds .
For any water main breaks or emergencies , residents can call 740-622- 1577 . West Lafayette will continue their own sewer service , however . The Chestnut Street booster station will be ready mid- February .
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