Last updated: August 01. 2014 4:15AM - 378 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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A Boonville company was the lowest bidder in a water line project which will install a 12-inch pipe for a new water line to run directly from Elkin to Ronda.

Carolina Environmental Specialists was the lowest bidder, according to records. The company checked in with a bid of $834,195.

“We’re waiting for the state to give us the release to go to work. They have to review everything and we should hear from them within a week,” said Jerry Twiggs of West Consultants, PLLC.

Twiggs said he expects construction to begin in a couple of weeks. Construction should last at least six months.

Wilkes County commissioners are in an engineering services agreement with West Consultants, PLLC for the 18,000-foot-long Ronda water line extension.

Twiggs said the project was necessary.

“There were some well issues in the Ronda area that we’re trying to take care of. Wells there have iron issues. The area has underground water storage issues. The area needs a safe supply and sufficient supply of water. The project will definitely provide a public water supply,” said Twiggs.

The new water line will run along N.C. 268 East, from the N.C. 268 East and Austin-Traphill Road intersection to the N.C. 268 East and Money Road intersection near East Wilkes High School.

“The pipe will be in the shoulder of the road toward Ronda along the south side of 268,” said Twiggs. “The traffic control is part of the bid. It’s all handled. It should be minimal.”

For a number of years, a water association on the west side of Ronda has been in need of a closer water supply to resolve pressure problems affecting homes and two industries.

Residents near the east side of town presented a petition to the town of Ronda requesting a water line extension to their homes, too. The town agreed to do so if grants could be obtained for that purpose.

The two issues converged when engineers realized that a proposed 8-inch water line to reach one area would follow the same route as the proposed 12-inch Elkin line. Construction of a 12-inch diameter line would resolve two critical needs and avoid the unnecessary expense of installing a duplicate line in the future along the same route.

Running water from the Wilkesboros to Ronda was deemed cost prohibitive by Wilkes commissioners.

According to Kelly Coffey, a planner with the High Country Council of Government contracted by the Wilkes County commissioners, if funding is secured through the state’s Underground Storage Testing Tank Section, a division of the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, there will be no tap costs for residents hooking up to municipal water.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.

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