Projects to improve water pressure, sanitation

WARREN — Projects to improve water pressure with a new water tower and to connect homes to a sewer line to rid them of faulty septic systems are expected to move forward when Trumbull County commissioners meet today.

It’s likely commissioners will approve contracts and applications to secure funds for the projects — hydraulic improvements in Mineral Ridge, including a new water tower, and linking about 130 homes in the Heaton Chute neighborhood of Niles to a county sewer line.

The new tower in the township will improve water pressure for customers, and in Niles, the line will rid residences of malfunctioning septic systems that have let “black water” to leak into ditches, said Gary Newbrough, the county’s deputy sanitary engineer.

“It causes an awful, terrible odor,” said Frank Fuda, commissioner, of the wastewater.

Residents of Mineral Ridge have asked for the project, which the county first started looking into in 2013, Newbrough said. It took some time, however, to secure funding, Newbrough said.

The $2.1 million project is primarily being funded with three grants — $750,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission; $250,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission; and $400,000 from a Community Development Block Grant. The other $728,000 is coming from 0 percent interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Work is expected to begin Oct. 1.

The new water tower is likely to be placed on property adjacent to the Weathersfield Township Administration building, 1451 Prospect St., Newbrough and township Administrator David Rouan said. A booster station that includes a pump will also be installed.

“Water customers in Mineral Ridge have dealt with less than desirable water pressure. These fixes should remedy that and provide good pressure to all in that water district,” Newbrough said.

The district has about 1,100 customers, Newbrough said.

The project will cost about $3.2 million and will be paid for with a 0 percent interest public works commission loan. Work is expected to begin in July.

“These projects will amount to real improvements in the lives of the people living there,” Fuda said.