MASON, W.Va. — Construction has begun on the nearly $2.5 million water upgrade project in the Town of Mason.
Stonegate Construction of Marietta, OH began work late last week. Work thus far has progressed along a portion of both Third and Fourth streets, replacing antiquated water lines.
While the construction crew is working, the town block affected will be closed to traffic. So far, laborers have finished the area in which they are working each day, with the street being reopened in the evening.
The project, titled “Water Distribution System Improvements,” not only replaces a portion of the town’s existing water lines, but will also include other improvements, according to documents obtained at the town hall. Among the improvements are rehabilitating the existing water tank and wells, and making repairs to the pump house and purchasing equipment.
Construction cost is estimated at $1,990,500, while the total project cost is estimated to be $2,488,500. It is being funded through the Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund. The revolving fund is a low interest loan program.
In preparation for the improvements and upgrades, residents have incurred two water increases on their water/sewer bills. The first was in April 2015, when a minimum bill of 2,000 gallons rose from $45.01 to $49.48. The second water increase occurred in April of this year, when the minimum bill went from $51.66 to $56.13.
A wastewater increase took effect in October 2015, raising the bill from $49.48 to $51.66. This is in anticipation of a sewer upgrade project that is scheduled to begin around January 2017. Another sewer increase in October will raise the minimum water/sewer bill to $58.31.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.