For many years, failing septic systems have been compromising the health and safety of residents in the Mozart area of Marshall County.
According to Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel, residents are relying on septic tank soil absorption systems or direct piping to a community sewer that has not been maintained or upgraded in years, resulting in the discharge of raw sewage down creeks, ravines and streets.
Now, a $1.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission has brought new life to a five-year-old project to build a new wastewater system for 223 residents in the area.
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Residents in the area of Mozart in Marshall County will receive new wastewater service through a $4.4 million project to replace the area’s failing septic systems.
Frohnapfel said Bel-O-Mar Regional Council, the Marshall County Sewage Authority, Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Health Department have been working to secure $4.4 million to install gravity sewer collection systems and lift stations to pump collected waste water to Wheeling since 2007. The system will serve only single family residents.
The new systems will have almost 30,000 feet of gravity sewer pipe, 7,400 feet of main pipe, 277 manholes, two major pumping stations, eight grinder pumping stations and one metering station.
"We're moving forward more quickly than we have been in years by securing the ARC grant," Frohnapfel said.
Fronapfel said the county will not have a set timeline on the project until the rest of the funds are secured to begin the project. She said about half of the project is funded by grants and the rest will come from low-interest loans through the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.
According to Project Engineer Rick Roberts, the design process is almost complete, but they are exploring how to connect the new system to Wheeling's wastewater service, which will provide treatment for the residents.