“While I’m not an engineer, a biologist or a water quality expert, I do understand quite clearly the final design rollout, and the public’s $3 million plus project, slated to go to bid this fall, saves precious dollars, public and private dollars.”
Rahall said that families will benefit from lower sewage bills and governments will benefit because the design cost is less than that of a traditional system.
“The added beauty is that this system can serve as a model for other communities across the country,” Rahall said.
“The Fayette County Commission has been responsible for a great deal of this funding as well, $125,000, if I’m not mistaken,” Rahall said.
Commissioner Matthew Wender followed Rahall’s words with his own words of praise for the New Haven Public Service District, which will be accommodating the wastewater system.
“I’m always amazed by how willing they are (to work with us),” Wender said. “It’s been a water public service district up until now, and I think this is their first effort in a sewage (treatment) capacity, and I’m sure that’s quite a leap.”
Wender expressed gratitude for Kenny Hayes, chairman of New Haven PSD, and his commissioners for their flexibility and willingness to jump into new projects.
John Tuggle, executive director of Region 4 Planning and Development Council, echoed the same sentiment.
“The New Haven PSD stepping forward, and stepping into an endeavor that’s somewhat unknown, is a big deal,” Tuggle said.
He also commended the commission for taking the lead on implementing the new decentralized sewer treatment application, adding that he hopes to see the model spread to other rural areas facing similar challenges.
“This is such a huge milestone to improve the water quality of the New River,” said Patricia Kicklighter, superintendent of the New River Gorge National River. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us for other improvements, but this is such a huge step forward.”
“It just goes to show you how people working together can really make things happen,” said Commission President Denise Scalph.
Rahall also expressed recognized the Region 4 Planning and Development Council, Plateau Action Network and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for their continued support in seeing the project to fruition.
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