Ware Shoals makes wise long-term investment
Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 AM
What might seem like a rather simple thing to many, and what many of us already take for granted, is really quite large in the lives of many Ware Shoals residents who have for too many years endured less-than-desirable water quality.
In particular, residents along Smith Street have had clothing ruined while also subjected to cooking with and drinking badly discolored water. The reason? Long-outdated piping. And for a time, all residents seemed to be able to do was voice their displeasure, and as taxpayers they had plenty of reason to be upset.
Finally, however, it appears seeming government inaction has turned into government action. With a bonus.
The Town of Ware Shoals itself had much going against it, however. With limited financial resources, finding the dollars needed to remedy the residents’ problems by replacing 80-year-old lines. But in May the town secured huge chunk of change, a $242,000 grant to replace the line and leaving the town with a far less amount to put toward the total project, a project that would severely deplete the town’s renewal replacement fund.
Last week, council went the extra step of investing $40,000 in additional funding to expand and further improve the project. Since the area will be torn up for the expansive upgrades, the town opted to dole out additional dollars to make pipe repairs for homes not covered under the initial grant the town received. Pipes to those homes came to a dead-end, less than ideal for water pipes as dead-ends are more likely to accumulate particles and debris, potentially leading to lower-quality water again. Installing loops in the piping, which is what the additional spending will accomplish, will allow the water to continually flow and not accumulate.
All in all, it appears the town not only jumped on an opportunity to secure necessary funds to provide residents a long-overdue fix, but also it is going the extra mile with the additional spending. Expensive? Yes. Worthwhile? Yes. And in the long-term, how the town ultimately came to handle this water problem is economical and in that it reflects longe-range thinking. The project should be completed sometime next year, perhaps at the beginning of summer. That should be a refreshing change for those Ware Shoals residents.