WEST FARMINGTON, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler made an appearance in West Farmington on Thursday to show his support for a water line project in the village.
“With God, a lot of money and a lot of collaboration, this project was absolutely possible,” he said.
Butler addressed a crowd at the aging West Farmington Water Treatment Facility, which is the source of most of the village’s water problems.
“It’s our highest priority project across the entire state to be able to provide new water service and safe water service into the community of West Farmington.”
Thanks to outside-the-box thinking from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office, collaboration from elected officials to homeowners and a plan bringing water to areas like West Farmington and Southington from a line in Newton Falls, the Blueprint to Prosperity Waterline Initiative is becoming a reality.
“It’s been estimated to be about a $12.5 million project, of which we think about half of that will be available as grant funds, the other half of it will be available as low interest loans,” said Jerry Rouch from the Financial Assistance Division.
Mayor Shirley McIntosh says this project is a solution to the water problem.
“The solution will make sure that we provide them with safe drinking water, that we will have the ability to do so.”
The waterline will run approximately 12 miles through Braceville, Southington and Farmington Townships. Additional waterlines will also be constructed in portions of Southington Township.
The project will include over 120,000 linear feet of water mains, an elevated water storage tank and a booster pump. It will also replace 288 water meters and provide necessary repairs to prevent water losses in West Farmington.
Representative Sean O’Brien is excited about the possibilities the waterline will bring.
“It’s going to provide a lot of economical benefit as well as quality of life, so…we’re very happy.”
Water service will become available to 900 properties, the Southington Estates Mobile Home Park, the new Southington K-12 School and the State Highway Patrol Barracks.
The county engineer’s office has already started the project by putting out request for qualifications, due back to its office by July 1. Construction is expected to last a year to a year and a half.