Winchester secures grant for water project
by Dennis Sharkey
The city of Winchester has secured a grant that will help pay for a major water line upgrade project.
City Clerk Pam Erhart said last week that the city secured a $500,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce for the project. The remainder of the project will be paid through a loan from USDA Rural Development. The loan could be as much as $600,000.
The city is currently accepting bids that are due early next month. Erhart said the city hopes to have a contractor chosen soon thereafter so the project can hit the ground running once the construction season begins this spring. The project should be completed this year.
The project will replace the majority of original water lines still left amongst the current system. The original lines were installed during the 1920s. In total about four miles of water line will be replaced.
Erhart said the construction will bring the lines out in front of the streets so that asphalt will not have to be torn up.
Residents will see minimal disruptions to service if any at all. If a disruption is to occur, Erhart said residents will be notified ahead of time.
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