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Work underway on McDowell County water project

By The Associated Press

SWITCHBACK, W.Va. – An $8 million public water project in McDowell County is underway.

Crews began installing a 10-inch water line last month. The project also includes construction of a water treatment plant and a 400,000-gallon water tank.

McDowell County Public Service District general manager Mavis Brewster tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the new water line will serve 252 customers from Maybeury to Kimball.

Brewster says coal companies installed some of the existing community water systems in the 1930s and 1940s.

The project is the first phase of a planned four-phase project to extend water service from the Mercer-McDowell county line to Kimball. Funding for the other phases is still being sought.

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