WILLIAMSON – At Tuesday’s Mingo County Commission meeting, commission members discussed the need for community support to initiate phase two of the Ben Creek Water Project.
A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ben Creek Park to obtain the signatures needed from Ben Creek residents to move ahead with the project.
Funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture requires that 88 signups are needed to show the interest needed to continue funding.
County Commissioners explained that funding will not be available to complete to project unless they are able to obtain 88 signatures in support of the project.
Mark McGettigan, Project Engineer for the Ben Creek Project, discussed the benefits of having a potable water distribution system in the Ben Creek area.
“The first benefit is fire protection. Every residence will be within approximately one thousand feet of a fire hydrant. The second benefit is dependability. Even without electricity in the area, the residents will have between three and five days of water supply. The third benefit is safety. The water delivered by the proposed distribution system is safe and operates under the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health Standards,” McGettigan explained.
Construction on the Ben Creek Water Project began in April, 2015.
(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.)