By Jean A. Flanagan
A pilot filtration unit was delivered to the Baker water treatment plant last week, Hardy County Public Service District General Manager Logan Moyers told the board of directors on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The pilot unit will determine if a new procedure will solve the disinfection by product or DBP problem with the water. “We will begin testing next week and will be testing through the end of the year,” he said.
DBPs are created when chlorine, used to disinfect raw water, reacts with organic material in that raw water. The DBPs in the Baker water are caused by the organic material in the Parker Hollow Lake. That organic material is believed to be caused primarily because of the decaying trees that were left on the bottom of the lake when it was built.[private]
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people who are exposed to high levels of DBPs over many years, may have an increased risk of some cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency only started regulating DBPs in 2012.
The pilot unit will process one gallon-per-minute of water and the effluent will be rigorously tested.
“We are extremely encouraged this will solve our issue,” Moyers said. “We have been sending samples of our water to Ixom in Denver and they have sent us some data on their lab test results.”
Moyers presented a summary of data to the board. It showed a reduction of dissolved organic carbons of 73 – 87 percent. “With our standard chemical treatment, we are only able to remove between 20 and 30 percent,” he said.
“Ixom is really excited about these results,” said Kylea Radcliff, project engineer with the Thrasher Group. “They are working on a performance guarantee.”
Once the PSD determines the process will solve the DBP issue, they will apply for funding for the finished unit. Included in that funding will be public water extensions to Fort Run, Dover Hollow and fire protection to Trough Road.
The total cost of the projects is estimated at $2.2 million.
In regard to the fire protection on Trough Road, Moyers told the board one of the property owners is requesting payment for a right-of-way easement. “We have never done that before,” he said.
“We have thousands of easements all over the county and we have never paid for one.”
Moyers said there are alternatives to installing a water line on that particular property. “We can go across the road,” he said.
But the alternative would negate plans to put a fire hydrant in front of the house.
The consensus of the board was not to pay for the easement.
“I will talk with them again, remind them of the benefit of having a fire hydrant and if they don’t agree, we’ll move to the other side of the road,” Moyers said.
Regarding the Dover Hollow extension, a property owner has agreed to sell a 30 ft. x 40 ft. piece of property for the location of a booster station for $2,500. The board approved the purchase.
Resolution to Establish Wastewater Territories
Moyers presented a resolution to the board to delineate the wastewater territory in the county between the PSD and the Moorefield/Hardy County Wastewater Authority.
“We thought we did this years ago, when the Moorefield/Hardy County Wastewater Authority was established,” he said. “But, there’s no record of it with the Public Service Commission.”
Moyers said the MHCWA board of directors would approve an identical resolution at their next meeting.
“We have four sewer services,” said Board member Rose Helmick. “There’s the RDA, the PSD, Moorefield and Wardensville. I’d like to see them all involved.”
Moyers said Moorefield was served by the MHCWA and Wardensville was a municipality. “The municipality is addressed in the resolution,” he said.
At one time the Hardy County Rural Development Authority provided sewer service to the residents of Caledonia Heights and the businesses in the Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park. That service was passed to the MHCWA.
“Any new development would have to petition for service,” Radcliff said. “The most reasonable utility would provide service.”
“We have been working under this understanding for years,” Moyers said. “Now it will be documented at the state level.”
The board voted to approve the resolution.
The next meeting of the Hardy County Public Service District will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. The meetings are held at the PSD office, 2094 U.S. 220 South in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.[/private]