Water board approves equipment purchases

WEIRTON The Weirton Area Water Board voted unanimously to purchase two pieces of new equipment at its regular meeting Thursday.

One Cla Val valve will be purchased from W.C. Weil for $19,217 to replace a worn out one, which has been in use since 1997. A radio telemetry unit, used to operate the valve remotely and necessary for it to function, will also be bought from C.I. Thornburg for $8,885.

The valve is essential, officials said, because it is pressure sensitive to keep water tanks at an appropriate level. Regarding fire protection, it is an important tool to keep fire hydrants functioning correctly, according to A.D. Mastrantoni, utilities director.

Board members agreed to renew the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit as well as their membership in the West Virginia Rural Water Association, which provides operator training courses. The NPDES regulates water pollution under the Clean Water Act by registering sources that discharge it, such as municipal treatment facilities.

Jonathan Carpenter of Thrasher Engineering reported that the East End Tank project and the main distribution pipeline replacement project are both “moving along well now that the weather has broken.” The work continues on schedule, and paving is set to begin in the coming months.

(Dalrymple can be contacted at sdalrymple@heraldstaronline.com)