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The wait is nearly over for Brooke County residents fed up with sewage problems

Updated: Thursday, April 3 2014, 01:45 PM EDT

wtov9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. - A sewer project many have waited decades for in Brooke County is about to become a reality.
Through the years, county resident Donald Bauer had been to 15 sewer board meetings and waited nearly 50 years, all in the hopes of getting connected to public sewer lines and away from a septic tank.
"I was at the last one Feb. 26th when they told me they think they're going to put us on," he said. "I told them I'm happy."
Bauer said he and many of his neighbors are eager for the day they won't have to rely on their septic tanks, given the maintenance and sometimes even the mess.
He was pointing down the hill where the septic overflow sometimes up at what he calls, "The Swamp."
"Raw sewage," he said. "It stinks in the summertime."
Project manager Barb Zimnox showed a letter from the Brooke County Health Department, saying it's in full support of the $2.5 million project.
It will connect residents living on Dennis Lane, Eldersville, Mahans Lane and Bruin Drive to the sewer system.
"It says how important this is to the residents in that area," Zimnox said. "There's a lot of failing septic systems, and raw sewage going out onto the ground so it was real important that this project be done. Most of the people most of the residents are real happy with that."
This week, residents continued to sign easement agreements so  crews can get to work laying the sewer lines.
When it's all said and done Bauers will join nearly 90 others in getting connected to the sewer lines. His long wait will end in September when the project is expected to begin.

The wait is nearly over for Brooke County residents fed up with sewage problems


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