ALDERSON,WV (WOAY) – Roughly five years in the making the Town of Alderson will now be getting a new waste water treatment plant upgrade.
The process was delayed for years after losing just over $3 million in federal funding. The new system will overall improve Alderson residents sewage system by providing a quicker way to clean sewage and also help lessen the environmental impact on the Greenbrier River.
Alderson Mayor, Travis Copenhaver said, “We are treating the water with a UV light with reduced chlorine and sulfur that we have to put in the water which goes to the river.”
According to Mayor Copenhaver without this new grant citizens would have had to pay almost a 100% increase in their water rates that figure has since decreased.
“This project only cost our citizens a 15% rate increase when we did our initial figures,” Copenhaver notes.
One nearby facility is one of the founding reasons Alderson needed to improve their sewage system.
John Tuggle with the Region 4 Planning&Development Council said, “Having a prison near is a big issue for them so we need good sewage treatment so they can properly handle the sewage from the prison.”
The money for the grant will also go towards making the town in compliance with the West Virginia DEP and EPA.
Tuggle adds, “There’s a number of area where small communities are in violation with their compliance but Alderson will always have the advantage of being in compliance as long as the plant is ran right.”
The Town of Alderson is looking forward to the finalized product with the new waste water system.