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Berkeley County looks to expand sewer service

December 22, 2000

Berkeley County looks to expand sewer service

By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County officials are working to expand sewer service throughout the county as quickly as they can, an official said Thursday.

The focus shifted to central sewer service Thursday after a report was released showing water wells in some sections of the county have more than a 60 percent chance of being contaminated with bacteria.

Some of the contamination could be coming from failing septic tank systems, the report by the Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council said.

The Berkeley County Public Sewer Service District is in the process of building a $25 million sewage system in the Inwood area that should be finished by next year, said Larry Johnson, manager of the Martinsburg office for Chester Engineering.

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The next phase will concentrate on expanding the sewer service in the central part of the county around Martinsburg, Johnson said.

Officials are trying to line up funding for that phase of the project, which will cost about $29 million, Johnson said.

Following the second phase, sewer officials will concentrate on expanding sewer service in the northern part of the county, Johnson said.

"It's the intent of the district to keep marching as long as they can," Johnson told The Berkeley County Commission after it was given the results of the water study Thursday.

Three water utilities that operate in the county are also preparing to consolidate to ensure an efficient means of extending public water throughout the county.

It is hoped the new combined water service will be operating by July 2001, Johnson said.

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