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County water authority makes progress on 40-mile project

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) has announced that each section of the Eastern Middlesex Water System will be built at the same time, instead of being built in phases. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is financing $15 million and has awarded a grant of $3 million for the project, insists that it be built simultaneously, said MWA chair Greg Chambers at the December 18 MWA meeting. 

Building phases at the same time will lead to quicker completion and allow smaller construction companies to bid on phases, said Chambers. If the construction is bid as one job, only large companies would be able to complete such a large project.

The water system will pump water from two wells near Urbanna down Route 33 to Stingray Point in Deltaville, and down Route 3 to Topping. About 40 miles of piping will be installed.

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posted 01.03.2019

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