BEN CREEK, W.Va. – At a recent Mingo County Commission meeting, Michael Webb, Project Coordinator for the Ben Creek Water Project, reported that the project was running ahead of schedule.
Construction for the project began in April 2015, and is expected to be completed by spring 2016.
“It is one of the smoothest projects I have ever worked on,” Webb said. “Everyone has been productive and done their part. Unless winter weather holds us up, I expect that will be finished by spring 2016,” Webb continued.
When complete, residents of Ben Creek will have access clean, dependable water year round. “Right now, their water is unreliable at best,” Webb said.
Webb explained that the project will benefit 620 residents in Ben Creek and will also offer fire protection. “There are 34 fire hydrants that will be installed,” Webb explained
The water will be provided via a 220 thousand gallon tank that is being constructed on top of the mountain. Mingo County PSD will provide water for the 300 customers currently residing in Ben Creek.
Webb explained that in the long term, this project could have economic benefit for the area. “This could also lead to economic development and new infrastructure in the area,” Webb said.
When this project is complete, it may be possible for Beech Creek to receive approval for a Small City Block Grant (SCBG) to begin a similar project. “Although there is no guarantee, the quicker Ben Creek is finished, the better the chances are that Beech Creek will receive approval,” Webb said.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext.2279.)