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Buckeye Water OKs discharge line from power plant

WELLSVILLE — One day after a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the South Field Energy electric plant, the Buckeye Water District voted to do its part to help the project become a reality.

The BWD voted Thursday to hire Rudzik Excavating of Struthers to run a water discharge line from the natural gas-powered electric plant already under construction about three miles north of town in Yellow Creek Township. Rudzik’s bid of $6.58 million was the lowest of the five received.

South Field needs lots of water to run the 1,150 megawatt plant that will be capable of generating electricity for more than a million homes. The combined cycle plant will use the water for the cooling towers, and the company has already contracted with the Wellsville-based BWD to supply the water.

The BWD also agreed to take up to two million gallons per day from the cooling process, which is where the discharge line comes in. South Field will pay for the cost of the project in the form of a tap fee.

The contract requires the BWD’s engineering firm, Dallis Dawson & Associates, to serve as construction manager and inspector for the project.

In other news, Ken Rose from Highlandtown asked the BWD to consider running a secondary line down the street past the Highlandtown Fire Department. The street is the section of Steubenville Pike that crosses state Route 39 before terminating at the southern end of Highlandtown Lake.

The BWD already has a trunk line that runs along Route 39 past Steubenville Pike. “That ain’t very far” to extend a line, said BWD Chairman Mike Ryan.

Rose said having municipal water service would not only benefit the fire department but his daughter, who is one of the six homeowners on the street. He said the fire department currently refills its tankers with water from the lake, which can be a chore.

“In winter time it’s a little tough chopping through the ice,” said Rose, who served on the fire department.

He was asked whether the other residents would be willing to hook into the line. “They’re going to need it eventually, whether they know it or not,” Rose said.

Ryan said they would look into the request.

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