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Reality of Rural Water Emerges with Tap Sign-Ups

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September 8, 2010 by wcobserver

First of Four Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday

By Delcie Kincaid

Washington Water Authority officials will begin hosting water tap sign-up sessions next week for residents in the Southeast Washington County Phase 2 Water Project Area, according to WWA general manager Josh Moore.

“We will be there to answer questions, get people signed up for water service and get easements signed,” Moore said. “We will also have other information — like plumbing requirements, that will come much later in the project.”

Two of the meetings are scheduled at the Whitehouse Community Building at 14789 S. Whitehouse Road in Winslow for August 31 and September 14. The other two meetings, scheduled for September 7 and September 21, will be held at the Sunset Fire Station at 19266 Miller Road in Winslow.

Officials from WWA will be available from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. all four days.

Moore said he will be sending out letters to property owners who need to sign easements so they can review them before coming to a meeting.

“We will be mostly getting easements on one side or the other of the road, so not everyone who signs up for water service will need to sign an easement,” he said.

Water taps cost $450 and can be paid at the meetings with cash or check. Moore said checks are preferred at meeting sites.

Residents not able to attend those meeting dates can go by the WWA office at 12567 W. Highway 62 between Farmington and Prairie Grove Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or call 479-267-2111.

Construction is scheduled to begin early spring 2011 and the project is expected to be take 12 to 15 months to complete, according to Moore.

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