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Banister Shores water project given go-ahead

SoVaNow.com / July 08, 2010
The Banister Shores Waterline Project is set to get under way after residents of the Halifax-area subdivision returned a sufficient number of positive responses to the project in Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) surveys.

Fifteen property owners along Occoneechee Trail and Lake Shore Drive returned the surveys, indicating their willingness to see the project approved.

Willie Jones, Executive Director of the Halifax County Service Authority, confirmed yesterday that an engineering design contract has been signed with consultants Draper Aden. The firm will be moving forward soon with surveying and design work.

An eight inch, 10,240 foot waterline will be constructed from the VFW building on U.S. 501 across the Banister River, up the hill to the former Charlie’s General Store and then down along Lake Shore Drive and Occoneechee Trail. Many of the 24 residents and property owners in the area have suffered from contamination of their wells from a leaking fuel tank since 1995. Those wells have required carbon filtration units over the past 15 years which have been maintained by DEQ.

Back in May, DEQ representatives advised the property owners that $1.072 million has been allocated for the project from federal stimulus funds. That money will cover the entire cost of engineering and constructing the new waterline which will replace the individual wells which have suffered from contamination.

John F. Giese of DEQ told property owners “this stimulus money opens a window of opportunity for us to permanently resolve this problem at no cost to the homeowners.”

The project has a short turnaround period since the money must be spent by the end of September 2011.

Jones said yesterday that he is asking residents of the affected area who have responded positively to the DEQ surveys to work closely with his office to help select the most suitable route for the service lines to their individual homes. Jones said any special concerns about the route should be addressed during the planning stage and he asked that residents contact him at 434-476-4272, ext. 241.

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