Berkeley Springs briefs

January 11, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

Water loss from pipes remains high in Bath

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the town-owned water department, is still losing 56 percent of its water, Mayor Susan J. Webster said at Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting.

Webster said the water committee met earlier on Tuesday, and Terry Largent, the BSWW chief water operator, said the last three-month cycle showed no improvement in water loss after more than 98 percent of the pipes in the town were replaced.

Webster said the pipes outside of town are leaking, and the town will move forward with the next water pipe replacement project.

"We did not expect to have bad luck with the pipes outside of town," Webster said. Some are old pipes, and the newer "poly" pipes that were installed in the 1990s are damaged by the chlorine which causes the pipes to become brittle and crack.


She said the town cannot lift the moratorium on new water taps, "and I have encouraged people to look into wells because we cannot give a definite time to lift the moratorium."

Streetscape panel to host workshop

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Larry Lower, streetscape committee member, told the Bath Town Council Tuesday night that a public workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at The Country Inn to inform residents about the town's streetscape improvement plan.

Lower said the workshop will provide an overview of the plan, introduce the consulting firm and get input from the community.

Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT), the engineering and design firm chosen by the committee, will give a presentation including examples of what one looks like, he said.

The $200,000 streetscape funding, which was awarded to the Town of Bath in November 2005 through a federal economic development grant, is to improve the walk-ability of the town, Mayor Susan J. Webster said, and will include new sidewalks, lighting and signage.

North Wilkes Street 'hazardous to vehicles'

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Wilkes Street is maintained by the state, but no maintenance has been done to the street since 2000, and it's "hazardous to vehicles," Councilman Scott Merki said at Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting.

Mayor Susan J. Webster said numerous letters have been written to the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH) about the poor condition of the road from W.Va. 9 to St. George Street.

Merki suggested another letter be written to Bob Amtower, DOH District 5 engineer, and ask for a reply.

The Town of Bath is the local government inside Berkeley Springs.

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