Water pressure and jobs come with water line

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A much needed water line project for Girard should begin construction this summer thanks to grant money from the state of Ohio.

Jason Wilson, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, presented a $93,000 check to Girard Mayor Jim Melfi on Wednesday.

The money will be used to help pay for a 1,000-foot water line extension for neighborhoods and businesses on the south side of Girard, including Vallourec Star.

“This will be able to increase pressure. This will add distance, 1,000 feet of waterline service to businesses that are certainly growing in that area of town,” said Melfi.

About 1,200 homes will be impacted by the water pressure change. The other impact will be job creation.

“The other is job creation, job retention, and future job creation,” said Wilson. “When you look at all those put together, you also have the city’s ability to use its water fund to match state dollars.”

For its share, the city will spend about $97,000 from its water fund.

Work is expected to begin within the next couple of months and be complete by fall.

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