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Water service to expand in W.Va.

February 05, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Water service to expand in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In response to Berkeley County's population boom, the Hedgesville and Berkeley County public service departments on Thursday announced plans to expand.

At the Berkeley County Commission meeting, Hedgesville Manager Taylor Whittington said the department is looking for engineers to develop additional lines and upgrade the current system.

Last year, Hedgesville reported a 7 percent increase in water customers. The department serves 12,000 customers.

Engineers need to do a feasibility study on plans to upgrade the treatment facility with additional filters to process 50 percent more water per day, Whittington said. He anticipates hiring an engineer by March, starting the project by 1999, and completing it the following year.

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Berkeley County's public service department anticipates a similar time line for the start of a $3 million project that would increase pump capacity.

General Manager Dan Campbell said he's gathering information about the project, which would increase capacity at the Bunker Hill, W.Va., treatment plant and add about five miles of water lines from Ridgeway, W.Va., to Tarico Heights.

Baker Lakes Quarries are the major water source for the Berkeley County department, but only one of the three lakes has a pump. Campbell said he hopes to get pumps in the other two lakes.

The department connects 200 new customers each year, Campbell said.

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