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Kingwood Sanitary Sewer Board discusses sewer lines, grinder pumps, and storm water

KINGWOOD — Sewer lines, grinder pumps and storm water were discussed at this week’s meeting of the Kingwood Sanitary Sewer Board.

Mayor Jean Guillot, who chairs the board, said gray water (sewer water) is seeping up from an old sewer line behind Advanced Auto, causing a health issue.

He said three customers are currently hooked into the line.

Guillot said a new line and taps have been installed but the customers have yet to hook into it.

“We put a new line in at our expense,” Guillot said, “All we are asking them to do is run a line from their house to the new line.”

Sewer Supervisor Nick Wolfe agreed.

“All they pay for is line to the tap,” he said.

Board member Randy Plum suggested sending letters to the customers and telling them to hook into the new system.

No further action was taken.

Guillot said between 60% and 80% of the water being treated is storm water.

He said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) mandated the town build three water storage tanks by December 2121.

Plum suggested calling the DEP and explaining the tow is doing an eight-phase smoking test that will take two to three years to complete. The smoke tests will identify where storm water is entering the lines so they can be repaired or replaced.

Plum asked Water Works Clerk Amy DeBerry to call the DEP and explain what is being done to eliminate storm water.

In other business, board members discussed eliminating some of their grinder pumps.

“We need to find a way to get rid of grinder pumps,” Plum said,

Wolfe said 11 pumps could be eliminated if a line was put in to the homes across from the hospital.

“If we put a line in from the manhole at the main road we can pick up all of the houses back in there,” he said.

No further action was taken.

The next meeting of the Kingwood Sanitary Sewer Board will be 2:30 July 13.

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