Water project awaits bulk water rate news

By David Broyles - [email protected]

The Public Service Authority in Carroll County, Virginia, learned at a recent meeting the proposed Meadowbrook water extension project awaits word from Mount Airy on bulk water rates. The effort stands to benefit 75 potential customers in Cana, Virginia, suffering from water quality and quantity issues.

Executive Director Jessica Montgomery told board members the project remains in its planning phase. She said her office has been in contact with Mount Airy officials about possible bulk water purchase rate negotiations and city staff have met internally to discuss the request but a formal response has not yet been received.

If an agreeable bulk purchase rate can be negotiated, the project Preliminary Engineering Report and Environmental Report will need to be updated and submitted to USDA-Rural Development for funding consideration.

“Hopefully we will know after July 20 on a verdict on what they can do on their rate. If an agreeable bulk water purchase rate cannot be negotiated, then other water supply sources will need to be pursued immediately at that point,” Montgomery said. July 20 is the next scheduled meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners

Montgomery said the original Cliffview Water Project has been completed and is in operation. She reported a change order to extend water service further along Gambetta Road was approved by all parties. The Contractor, CW Cauley & Son, has indicated they planned begin work this past week.

“The post-bid submission materials were submitted to the funding agency (VA Department of Health) for review and have been approved. VDH has authorized issuance of the Notice of Award and Construction Contract to the low bidder, CW Cauley & Son,” said Montgomery. “The contractor is in the process of signing the contract and securing the necessary bonds and insurance. Once these items are received and are found to be satisfactory by VDH, the preconstruction conference will be scheduled and the notice to proceed with construction can be issued at that point.”

David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on [email protected]

By David Broyles

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