Waterline Project Nearly Complete

A new waterline being constructed in Ohio County is expected to be tested soon, said county Administrator Greg Stewart.

During a recent Ohio County Development Authority meeting, members approved a total of $274,741 in reimbursement payments for the ongoing project to the West Virginia Jobs and Infrastructure Council and federal Economic Development Authority grant program.

After the meeting, Stewart said a new water tower, which is part of the project, now is full. The new, $2.8 million waterline is expected to provide additional pressure for The Highlands, along with Elm Grove area residents and Wheeling Hospital. The extended line, which totals about 5 miles of pipe, also can be used as a backup supply line by the city of Wheeling during major waterline breaks.

The new tower, which has been painted with ”The Highlands” on it, is situated on a hill above the Straub car dealership lot, located across Interstate 70 from the main retail site. A new pump station also has been erected in Elm Grove. Upon completion, the new line will loop the entire county system.

”Right now, the county runs off of one pump station off of Cherry Hill Road,” Stewart has said.

There is an existing water tower at The Highlands painted with the Cabela’s logo.