County and City Water Line Connections Discussed

by WHIZ Reporter on July 12, 2012 at 6:32 am

Muskingum County Commissioners met with city and county water officials in an effort to add additional connecting lines between the two water supplies.

The proposed locations would add a more permanent connection to either Richards or Coal Run roads.

The city’s water treatment plant, which at the time was running on generator power, supplied the county with water for a time after the strong storms hit the area nearly two weeks ago.

Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims said in the event of another major storm, both parties want to be able to get water to those who need it.

"Based on this last event and the elevation of their towers versus ours, we can’t really help them out with the addition of a pumping system of some sort that the county and the city are looking at so we can feed either direction," said Sims.

Sims said the city currently has one connection with the county as well as a connection with South Zanesville.

While neither side came up with an agreed location, Sims said adding a connection off of Coal Run Road may be better in the long run.

"To me, it might be more advantageous to look at the Adamsville, Old Adamsville Road, Coal Run Road connection because we have new lines there directly off the plant off of one of our main 20" feeds to a 12" high pressure line," added Sims.

Once a location is agreed upon, county and city officials plan on determining an estimated cost for the project.