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By MARLA PISCIOTTA

For The State Journal

The Fountain Public Service District is proposing a water system expansion in both the Fountain and Burlington service areas.

"At the present time, the project has a $1.5 million funding commitment from the Small Cities Block Grant program to assist with design and construction," Mike Bland, Mineral County coordinator, said.

Bland said the project, as proposed, has an estimated cost of $10.5 million. The remaining $9 million would be provided by the state infrastructure and jobs development council and would be awarded to the project when it is ready to proceed to construction.

"Two major items need to be accomplished," Bland said. "The first is that a sufficient number of residents must sign up for water service."

There is potential for 516 new customers who can be served by this project. Bland said 413 customers must sign up for water service as part of the agreement.

"The second item requires that 211 private easements be obtained from property owners for line construction," Bland said. "The project cannot proceed to construction until these items have been completed."

Bland said Zane Paitsel was hired by the PSD to assist in obtaining property easements.

A $100 tap fee and $50 security deposit is required for those interested in water service, and an application for service needs to be completed.

The security deposit would be returned following payment of bills during a 12-month period without late fees.

Proposed monthly rates for the system consist of a minimum of $45.90 for the first 3,000 gallons and $7.57 per 1,000 gallons for all usage above the first 3,000 gallons.

Bland said when the two "necessary" items have been completed, the project will be awarded funding and will start advertising for construction bids.

"It will take approximately two years from the time the bidding process starts until the system is complete and providing service," Bland said.

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