Brooke County Making Sure No One Goes Without Water During Disasters


It could be the first of its kind project in the state of West Virginia– tying three water departments together.

You may remember the flood of 2004. One area hit especially hard was McKinleyville where  residents went without water for days. Almost 11 years later, officials in Brooke County are making sure no one goes without water again if faced with another natural disaster.

Years ago, Hammond Public Service District Operator, Robert Sadler, told pitched a plan to commissioners that would tie the Hammond Public Service District with the Wellsburg Water Department and the Beech Bottom Water Department. The commissioners at the time gave him the go ahead to go to Charleston and take it to the governor and the legislature.

“So our campaign started and we were able with numerous donations to come up with the other half to make the project go through. There was always a light at the other side of the tunnel and I think we are seeing it today,” said Robert Sadler, operator at Hammond Public Service District.

Sadler saw that light when the commissioners received a $167,000 bid from James White Construction to get the project moving. 

Now, for example, if Hammond‘s Public Service District loses power, operators will be able to manually open valves and water will come from either the Wellsburg or Beech Bottom water department to service Hammond‘s customers.

“The folks that we’ve talked to down state about this project, think this is the first project of its kind in the state of West Virginia and they were very excited. We will be a model for other communities in the state of West Virginia,” said Brooke County Commission Chairman, Timm Ennis.

The bid will be reviewed by the Brooke, Hancock, and Jefferson Planning Commission and E.L. Robinson to see if it meets the requirement criteria.

If accepted, construction should begin in the summer at one of the three water plants.

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