WEIRTON - The cost of a project to ensure Weirton doesn't experience a water outage like the one last June could cost more than initially thought.
Weirton Area Water Board officials have secured funding through the board and a loan, approved by Weirton City Council earlier this month; however, after some review officials said Thursday it appears there may be some additional unexpected costs.
Jonathan Carpenter of Thrasher Engineering reported some updates to the board last week. He said the contractor expects to be on site in the next few weeks with materials set to be delivered by March 1 and a four-week construction period.
Carpenter said there is an 18-inch valve that needs to be replaced. He said the valve has probably been the same one that has been in use since the plant was built in the 1960s.
"Now is definitely the time to look at replacing it," he said, noting prices came in for the part at $11,500 without labor.
Mastrantoni said there is no additional money set aside for this extra cost and it would have to come out of the general fund. He said he would also like to see the valve be replaced after the duplicate line was installed to avoid having to shut the water supply to the city off for 12 hours and asked that the condition be a part of the contract.
Carpenter added that he expected the price to come in around $25,000 for parts and installation.
"It's a big job," said Carpenter. "It has to be chiseled out of concrete and winched into place."
The $192,000 project will put in an 18-inch line that will run parallel to the existing main water line that feeds potable water to the entire city as an emergency project to avoid an major water outage like the one seen last summer.
The board will receive a $50,000 grant to be used for engineering costs associated with replacing the existing line during future phases of the project.
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