WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Plans are in the works to build 15 miles of new water line through western Trumbull County, providing clean drinking water to those living in West Farmington.
On Thursday, a meeting was held at Warren Harding High School to discuss the Blueprint to Prosperity Water Line Initiative. While many were in support of the project, others expressed doubts.
The new water line, expected to be built some time in 2017, will run from Braceville to West Farmington. Depending on interest, another line may be built along state Route 422, from Warren to Southington, affecting several local communities.
Trumbull County Commissioners, as well as other local leaders, have been working with state lawmakers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for months to make the project a reality.
People in the communities impacted had a chance to voice their opinions on the project via questionnaires that were sent to people and businesses in the area.
“This is a good move for the community and maybe help out the community and maybe bring some businesses in also,” said Donald Kellett, of Southington.
Another Southington resident, Kris Tenney, said he didn’t support it.
“Everybody can actually get good water without doing all this, without the lead scares, e.Coli, boil alerts,” Tenney said.
Much of the audience was from Southington, which recently voted against running water lines.
This project differs from the one that was turned down, however. There will be no frontage assessment charge, and connection is voluntary.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will pay half of the $7.7 million cost, and Trumbull County will pay the other half with a 30-year, interest-free loan.
The goal is to get clean water to West Farmington, where the village is under pressure from the Ohio EPA to improve its water quality.
Skip Hanes, chairman of the Southington Water District, said he supports the project and is urging others to get a curb box at the time of construction, because he said it will cost them more if they wait.