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Keedysville plans to upgrade water system

December 27, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

KEEDYSVILLE -- Keedysville officials are hoping a $2.8 million water system upgrade will start in early spring, said Assistant Mayor Barry Levey, who is chairman of the Water Board.

The work will cause periodic disruptions in water service and affect traffic on Main Street, town officials said.

An informational meeting to update residents on the project will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Town Administrator Amy Simmons said.

The project involves a complete water main replacement, a new pumping station and a new water tower, Simmons said. The town does not currently have a pumping station or water tower.

The town's water system dates back to the early 1950s and has cast-iron pipes that need replacing, Simmons said. The high level of pressure the system maintains puts stress on the water main.

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"There have been quite a few breaks here and there in the main" within the last 10 years, Simmons said.

The town has been saving up for the project, passing a few water rate increases in recent years, she said. The town supplies water to approximately 385 homes in Keedysville.

The work will be funded through a $350,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a $1.9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, with town savings paying the remaining $550,000, town officials said.

Keedysville officials were awaiting approvals from the Maryland Department of Environment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Town of Boonsboro before they make adjustments and put the project out for bid, Levey said.

The water main runs the length of Main Street, which means the street will be narrowed at times and limited to local traffic periodically as work is done, Simmons said.

Temporary water lines will be run to minimize disruptions to service, town officials said. Service might be disrupted during the day when the work is being done, but should be intact during nonwork hours, Levey said.

Keedysville gets its water from a spring on Mount Hebron Road. The water goes through Keedysville's water treatment plant and to a reservoir in Boonsboro that the two towns share, Levey said. The town's main sustains high pressure, which is hard on the pipes, to get the water to the reservoir.

A water tower, which will look like a silo, will be built in the Cannon Ridge development off Appomattox Court, in the lower end of town, Simmons said.

The pumping station will go on the north end of town to help get the treated water to the reservoir, Levey said.

Once the new system is in place, treated water will go to the tower and the reservoir, with the town using water from the tower first, Levey said.

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