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Water problems soon to be solved

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 08:17 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

Brooke County, WV 

September 13, 2013 

Some Follansbee residents have been dealing with low water pressure for the last decade but it's about to change. 

It started when a pump station was removed years ago from Morton Hill. Residents say it got to the point where if a neighbor was taking a shower, they could not. 

A new booster station going in on the hill should soon fix the problem. 

Laura Beckelhimer has lived in the area for about 40 years, and she said for the last 10 years, the water pressure has been low. 

"I feel like the "Seinfeld" show with not enough water to rinse my hair or run the dishwasher," Beckelhimer said. 

The water pressure is strongest in the middle of the day when neighbors in the 11 affected houses are at work or school. The weekends have the lowest pressure. 

"Usually, everybody is doing laundry, so the laundry is slow because it takes 20 minutes for the washer to fill up. It takes an hour to do one load of clothes," Beckelhimer said. 

City Manager John DeStefano said the booster station is a long time coming. 

"We've heard stories that when they are washing their cars, they can't take showers and stuff like that. That's not good. It's never a good situation and we don't want to do that," DeStefano said. 

The project has been going on for a couple of years now and it's nearly complete. Electric lines and poles still needs to be installed. 

"We are probably a couple of weeks away from completion and these people will have the water pressure they deserve," DeStefano said. 

"It's been so long, it's our normal. We just don't think of it because it's normal for us," Beckelhimer said. 

The total cost of the project is about $270,000. All but $80,000 is coming from grant money with the city footing the rest of the bill. 

Water problems soon to be solved

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