Million Dollar Drink

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

When you turn on the faucet, you don't think twice about how the water got there. That is, unless you're among the families that still don't have reliable public water.

Nearly 200 such families in Kanawha County have learned -- that's about to change. Over a million dollars will be spent on this project – but when a community sees these kinds of improvements, other benefits also follow.

State and county leaders are joining together to finish off this water project in northern Kanawha County. One hundred seventy-three homes in Upper Frame will benefit and the water line will be built near Poca Fork Road.

As resident Stuart Kidd says, “We have one good well and the rest of the time we haul this is a really big deal for us.”

And the arrival of water doesn't just mean a safe drink -- the families benefiting know it means much more.

County Commissioner Kent Carper says, “They don't have real fire protection, plus the value of their property increases tremendously as does the tax base for the county if you have water, so I can't think of anything more important than bringing people clean drinking water.”

The bulk of the money came from a small cities block grant -- to the tune of one and a half million dollars. The county added another six hundred thousand to that.

Other areas of Kanawha County are still without public water -- and county leaders say they're working on serving those areas too. But Commissioner Carper does say some areas are just too isolated to justify spending that kind of money.

Construction is expected to begin on the Upper Frame water project in May, and should be finished before the end of the year.

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