KEYSTONE, WV (AP) – Residents of one West Virginia community have something to look forward to in 2022: After more than 10 years of boiling water, they’re connected to a new water supply system. water, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.
Many of the current water supply systems in parts of the southern coalfields were installed in the early 1900s by coal companies and have been out of order for years. Residents of the Keystone community of McDowell County have been on a boil water advisory since 2010, but that is finally changing.
The first phase of the Elkhorn Water Project began in 2015. It includes a new 400,000 gallon water storage tank on Elkhorn Mountain that enabled McDowell Utility District to install a line to the waterways. communities of Anawalt, Jenkinjones, Pageton and Skygusty.
Phase two connects approximately 450 additional residents, including those in Keystone. The McDowell County Utility District said just before Christmas contractors were hooking up water service to residents’ homes. They said the ten-year-old boil water advisory would finally be lifted once all homes were connected and the old system was taken offline.