9/10/2013 6:20 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Residents in two Raleigh County communities that rely on well water are set to be connected to a water supply within the coming years.
The United States Department of Agriculture approved a loan of almost $5 million and a grant of more than $1 million for 23 miles of pipeline, according to a release. The county spent $300,000 to design the pipe layout two years ago.
Residents have complained about drying wells in the summer and water so red it's undrinkable.
"I've been out there and talked to a lot of them, and a lot of them have to hire people to put a $500 gallon plastic tank in their vehicle to carry water in there -- dump it into their system -- so hopefully in the next year or two, we'll have running water out there," Commissioner Dave Tolliver told WOAY.
County commissioners estimate water bills for 185 residents will run between $17 and $32 per month depending on usage. They hope the project will begin by spring.
The agreement was made with the help of the Beckley Water Company.