It will take some time, but we believe it will be worth the wait for residents of the Oakland Public Service District once a new water project in the area is completed.
The $5 million project, which recently broke ground, has been in the works for the last several years, and will include the construction of a new 375,000-gallon storage tank on Chapman Road, almost seven miles of new water lines, repainting of the storage tank on Wylie Ridge Road and the Golden Key storage tank. There also will be a new water treatment plant constructed on Hardins Run Road.
It is expected the majority of the project will be completed and going online by this time next year.
But, as we've said, the wait will be worth it. For years, residents of the Oakland area have dealt with discolored water and odor problems, which have led to stained laundry and other issues.
While chemical treating has helped over the years, this project should go a long way to making sure these problems are a thing of the past for hundreds of residents.
We still live in an area where not everyone has access to public utility service, drawing their water from underground wells and other sources.
This is not a good thing as it includes the risk of water contamination and an increased possibility of health problems as a result. Local PSDs have been doing what they can to make sure as few customers as possible rely on these wells for their water.
In about a year, more than 80 local households will not have to worry about that, as they join the 850 customers currently served by the Oakland PSD.
We thank the officials with the Oakland PSD for doing all they could to make this project possible.
We are sure it will mean a great deal to all the residents once it is complete.