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Trumbull County residents learn about proposed waterline

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If you live in Western Trumbull County, chances are you've received a letter describing a large waterline project that could be coming through your neighborhood.

Thursday night, a couple hundred people attended a public information meeting wanting to know what the project could mean for the area and their pocket book.

At this point, county officials are just trying to gage interest in the project that could stretch between Braceville, West Farmington, Southington, and Warren Townships.

The original plan was to bring a 15 mile waterline from Braceville to West Farmington. But, an offer from the E.P.A to cover half the cost of the waterline and offer a zero percent interest loan over the next 30 years to cover the other half, has county officials asking other communities if they also want to tap in?

"Well the opportunity is here and if we do have a need for water in the western portions of the county we would like to take advantage of this opportunity to extend the water to this who need it," said Project Planning Director with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineers Office Gary Newbrough.

If the interest is there and the line comes through, residents will not be required to tap in, nor will they have to pay for the line based on their property frontage.

But, if homeowners decide to tap in they will have to pay to connect to the new waterline using a device called a curb box. That curb box could cost between 15-hundred and two thousand dollars. The installation and device can be financed with zero-percent interest for thirty year. However, homeowners will have to pay upfront the cost to run the line from the street to their home. This cost will vary depending on the property.

Some low income households may qualify for financial assistance. Those individuals will not have to pay for the curb box or bringing the line to their home.

At the meeting Thursday night, the majority of people who spoke with 21 News said they were in favor of the project.

"I already spend alot of money on water filters, water softer salt, the water is gray at times. I buy bottled water to carry with me,  I buy the 5 gallon bottled water I have delivered to the house to put in a dispenser. If you take all of those costs then it will be pretty much the same of what a water bill will be," said Debbie Lucik of Southington.

"I think its a great idea because it will elevate the value of my property. And now that it has a federal grant going with this we will never have a chance to get it any cheaper," said George Udall of Warren Township.

Others were still gathering information but, said they were content with the water the currently receive.

"We are retired, we don't want to take on any additional expenses and how do we know the water we're going to be good water," questioned Calvin and Laura Green of Champion.

Commissioners will utlimatly make the decision, based on community input and advice from the county engineer.

A decision could come within the month.

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