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Bradley residents getting long-awaited water line

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 05:08 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – More than a decade in the making, residents’ petition for a county water line in Bradley is finally becoming a reality.
“It would be a big benefit because I know some of the people that have well water, in the summers it gets dry and they get awful short on water and they have to go to laundromats and other places to do their clothing,” Bradley resident Lamont McCoy said
Nearly 3 miles of water line will extend from Smithfield, servicing more than 80 residents. The project costs nearly $1.2 million and was officially funded with the signature by commissioners on a loan for the work.
“We've done a much better job in the past few years of maintaining and bringing things up to standard -- water towers, etc.,” Jefferson County commissioner Dave Maple said. “(And) we've also done a better job of increasing what we have."
Maple said commissioners looked at a number of areas for the potential water line projects, but the size and number of residents the extension would affect was critical in their decision making.
“It is a larger area,” Maple said. “It did qualify for the right kind of funding that we needed. And it was the right size and scope project."
For the residents, aside from constant water flow, they're also relieved at the safety measures that an 8-inch water line servicing the area will provide.
“It will be a benefit to us, being able to have fire hydrants out through here because the last fire hydrant is all the way down at the bottom of the hill," McCoy said.
The project officially began on July 1, and it's expected to take a little more than 4 months. Officials anticipate everything wrapping up by November.

Bradley residents getting long-awaited water line

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