Some W.Va. residents asked to conserve water

July 26, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Residents in the Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills subdivisions west of Charles Town along W.Va. 51 are being asked to conserve water for about the next month to address water supply concerns there, a city official said Tuesday.

The city operates about eight wells in the Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills area to serve those communities, but the city plans to replace that system by running a waterline to the subdivisions from its plant along W.Va. 9, city clerk Joe Cosentini said.

Running a city waterline is designed to give Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills a more dependable water supply, city officials said.

The subdivisions have been plagued by water problems in recent months, and part of the problem probably can be attributed to Locust Hill customers being added gradually to the limited water supply, Charles Town City Councilman Don Clendening said.


In the meantime, city officials do not want any of the wells to go dry, and are asking residents in Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills to conserve water, Cosentini said.

Cosentini said the city would like for residents in the two subdivisions to conserve water for about the next month, hoping that water capacity conditions will begin to improve after that.

The city is planning to begin constructing the new waterline to Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills on Aug. 9, Cosentini said.

The new line will run through the Huntfield development and into Locust Hill and Tuscawilla Hills, said Cosentini, adding that the work should be completed by the end of the year.

The work will cost a little less than $2 million, and water rates probably will have a "bit of an increase," Cosentini said.

Clendening said he did not have details on how the project will be funded.

Water conservation measures

The following are some of the water conservation measures Charles Town city officials want residents in the Tuscawilla Hills and Locust Hill subdivisions to follow:

- Refrain from washing driveways, parking lots, sidewalks and exterior of buildings.

- Refrain from using water for ornamental fountains and reflecting pools, or for filling swimming pools.

- Do not water lawns Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and do not wash cars.

- Locate and repair all leaks in faucets, toilets and appliances that use water.

- Use automatic washing machines or dishwashers with only full loads.

- Reduce toilet flushes and reduce water used by toilets by installing tank displacement inserts in conventional toilets.

- Take shallower baths and shorter showers.

- Install low flow restrictors in shower heads and faucets.

- Turn off faucets while brushing teeth.

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