Big Water Project in Milton Almost Finished

MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Milton will soon wrap up a two-year, $425,000 water project.

City leaders said it's a much-needed upgrade and comes at a time when growth is also increasing the demand for clean water.

Heather Kessler is a busy mom, usually in need of water.

"I do two loads of laundry a day, I'm constantly doing the dishes and running the dishwasher," Kessler said.

That's why she said she's happy the city of Milton is almost finished upgrading its water system.

"It's just nice to know that the town is taking the steps on their own to make sure that we do have consistent water and we don't have to worry about the quality of it," said Kessler.

As part of the third and final phase of the upgrade, the city is replacing 10-year-old water filters.

"The water keeps getting clearer and clearer as we go back," said Mayor Tom Canterbury, noting the filtering system.

Canterbury said the $425,000 project was overdue, especially with the area's growth.

"If you had seen our old equipment, old floculator, old tube settlers, you would know why, you'd understand why we have to this," Canterbury said.

For now, the city is using a portable water filter while the old ones are changed out.

The other option was piping in water from West Virginia American Water's supply.

"We had it all valved ready to go," Canterbury said.

But after the chemical spill in Charleston, Canterbury said that wasn't an option.

"All the complaints they've had up there above us and below us here."

But city leaders don't expect many complaints from this project.

They hope to wrap up work next week, meaning more water can be filtered faster for people like Kessler, who depend on it.

Milton city leaders said during the final phase of the project, water customers could be under a boil water advisory for a short time.

They also said in the case of water problems, they have about 1.2 million gallons of water stored in four tanks in the city.

City officials also said they've prepared for any issues by setting up agreements with nearby towns and having water buffaloes ready.

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