Wastewater upgrade project moving forward


By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



MASON — The Town of Mason has recently filed paperwork with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia for its upcoming wastewater upgrade project.

Filed was an application for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct additions and improvements to its existing sewerage system.

The $3.46 million project will be funded with a $1.7 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a $1 million CWSRF debt forgiveness loan, and a $750,000 grant from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council. The terms of the 40-year CWSRF loan is zero percent interest, with a 0.5 percent administrative fee.

No rate increase is planned for the project at this time. Rates were raised in both 2015 and 2016 in anticipation of the upgrade, according to Mayor Donna Dennis.

The projects will contain two contracts. The first will provide improvements at the wastewater treatment plant. The second will be wastewater collection system improvements.

Among the work to be done at the wastewater plant is cleaning and coating the plant’s combined aerator/sludge digester/clarifier tank; rehabilitating and/or replacing the diffusers and piping; replacing v-notch weirs; replacing scum baffle; rehabilitating a vortex grit unit; installing a rehabilitated automatic bar screen unit; and other repairs. In addition, a new maintenance building will be constructed, and a new permanent-mount diesel generator will be installed.

Under the second contract, various manholes within the town’s collection system will be repaired, upgraded, or replaced.

Anyone wanting to protest the certificate should file a written protest to the Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323 before July 17.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.