HARTFORD — A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday signified the completion of a multi-million dollar wastewater collection and treatment system project for Hartford.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito was among the speakers at the ceremony, citing she was “never so excited to have my name attached to wastewater.” Capito, who was instrumental in gaining funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a portion of the project, went on to say the quality of life in Hartford “is just as important as in any large city.”
Capito spoke of the area’s unemployment, and said it is important to have good infrastructure. The congresswoman said she was pleased that a project she and Hartford town officials started together is now completed.
The project began in October 2010 when funding was secured through the West Virginia Development Office, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection, and Corps of Engineers. Construction started in October 2012 and consisted of five sewer lift stations being reconstructed, according to Recorder Cheryl Oldaker.
In addition, two new service pumps were placed at each lift station, as well as new platforms, hand railing, stairs, rain gauges and electrical panels. New lights were installed, and five new generators were set in place to automatically start should electric service be interrupted. All of the original manholes were resealed to keep inflow and infiltration from getting into the system. Oldaker said as a result, the town has seen a great improvement and the cost of treatment has gone down.
Once completed, Hartford entered into an agreement with New Haven for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment, as well as the future care of the project.
Speaking in addition to Capito during the ceremony were Mayor Sam Anderson; Sherry Workman of the Corps of Engineers; Michelle Craig and Kathy Elliott of Region II Planning and Development; Todd Goddard of the West Virginia Development Office; and John Gerlach, administrator of the Mason County Commission.
Jack Ramsey, of Triad Engineering, of St. Albans, served as the engineer for the new system, while Enyart & Sons were awarded the bid for construction.