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Bethesda officials see finish line in waterline replacement project

Updated: Tuesday, May 20 2014, 05:47 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Officials have been working on Bethesda’s water line project for some time.
On Tuesday, they said the finish line is near.
Averaging roughly 20 waterline breaks a year, the village received a grant to replace 9.5 miles of line that was installed in 1935.
Money has been seeping out with the water, in terms of revenue, parts to fix the decades-old pipes, and man hours.
Village Administrator Dirk Davis said when the number of breaks gets that high, you just can't ignore it.
He added that residents have been very patient throughout the process, noting some tough road conditions.
“We're just trying to do the best job we can for our residents,” Project coordinator Richard Quinlin said.
Quinlin said they were just barely meeting their daily needs for drinking water and sanitary purposes and were in desperate need of new water lines. The Ohio EPA even said it wanted them to do some extensive work on the system just because of how old it is.
Without the grant money, the village would have been on the hook for about $4 million for the repairs.
Quinlin said they are about 80 percent done with the project and should have it completed by mid-summer.

Bethesda officials see finish line in waterline replacement project

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