ELIZABETHTON – A two-year effort to bring reliable drinking water to a section of Stoney Creek where five cases of E. Coli have been reported to reach a milestone on Tuesday. The united effort of federal, state and local officials will be celebrated at the offices of the First Public Service District on Tuesday, when State Senators Jon Lundberg and Rusty Crowe and Representative John Holsclaw witness the signing of the contract for the project. expansion of Carter’s first utility district. County water pipes at Dry Hollow.
First Utility District board member Keith Bowers Sr. said the community of Dry Hollow was once served by an independent water supplier, but that system is not working and the E. Coli bacteria are appeared in the small system a few years. since. The old aqueduct system does not comply with the regulations in force either.
Providing water from the First Utility District to Dry Hollow is the logical solution to the problem, but it costs money. The project would require approximately 6,500 linear feet of First Utility District water pipe to serve the community.
To cover that cost, Carter County government officials asked Tennessee’s First Development District to help the county apply for a community development block grant as part of the impending threat funding.
Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby said Carter County received the grant to extend lines from the First Utility District to Dry Hollow. As with most CDBG grants, there was a requirement for matching funds. Woodby said the grant would provide a total of $ 363,750. The plan called for the Carter County First Utility District to provide the matching fund of $ 121,250. It was a substantial cost to the small utility district.
But costs have risen dramatically, as construction prices in general have risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a second factor that increased costs. Several residents were not included in the original plans for the Dry Hollow expansion, as it was believed they could stay on the old system. After an order from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, residents decided to hang on to the public water system, which increased the length of the extension from 6,500 linear feet to 8,020 feet linear.
The changes resulted in an additional cost of $ 162,000. That meant the tiny First Utility District would have to spend $ 283,250 to extend the water line.
Woodby said the solution came when it was determined that the project could be funded by the US bailout. This meant that the utility district would not have to pay anything for a project that is now expected to cost $ 647,000.
The project will include an extension of 3,830 linear feet of 4-inch water pipe on Dry Hollow Road, at a cost of $ 238,730; an extension of 2,963 linear feet of 4-inch pavement on Flora Dugger Road at a cost of $ 180,450; and 1,350 linear feet of 2-inch line on MD Dugger Road at a cost of $ 47,850. Total construction costs are $ 467,030.
Bowers said the project will add 38 households to the utility system’s customer base. There are no businesses in the extension area. Woodby and Bowers said they expect work to begin in six to eight months if building materials are available. Hayes Construction will carry out the project.
âI would like to thank Mayor Woodby for his excellent job in getting the project going,â said Bowers.