WEIRTON - The Weirton Area Water Board expects to soon wrap up a project which has been years in the making.
During Thursday's board meeting, Jonathan Carpenter, of Thrasher Engineering, the engineering firm leading the project, explained there only were a couple minor installations awaiting crews for the disinfection by-products project at the city's water treatment plant.
"Other than that, the project is pretty much wrapped up," Carpenter said.
Among the remaining work is the installation of a chemical tank, which Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni explained will be performed by department employees.
"Our staff and in-house crew will be pouring the pad and doing the connection," Mastrantoni said.
The sluice gates, which will allow staff to isolate each clarifier at the plant for cleaning and inspection, also need completed.
The Water Board had three sources of funding for the project, which began as a result of changes in regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2003.
Among those funding sources was a $2.3 million grant obtained by former U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, and a loan from the state's Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund loan program.
The city also provided $100,000 to assist with the project; however, those funds were found to not be needed and were reprogrammed for the work to install an emergency transmission line from the treatment plant into the city.
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