PSJ awarded grant for water

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

The city will embark on the second phase later this spring.

The first phase came in with the city saving roughly $95,000 and that will be used for a pilot project of sorts for the Public Works Department.

Part of the next phase of line replacement is replacing a section of line along Marvin Avenue and John Grantland, director of Public Works, said he and his crew could accomplish the replacement of that section to test how much of subsequent work might be done in-house to save money.

“We’d like the opportunity to show we can do the work and save some money,” Grantland said. “Our skill set has changed that we know and are confident we can do this and save money.”

Water pilot study

After a meeting with CDM Smith, the company which designed the city’s water plant, city staff and a professor at Virginia Tech, which will monitor and test results, a water study is underway.

The goal of the eight month study is to isolate the cause of the city’s red water and to determine a course of action in addressing the problem.

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