On Thursday the Muskingum County Commissioners opened bids for the Mount Sterling water project.
Muskingum County Projects Director Don Madden said the county has been working with the Village of Mount Sterling to replace its existing water supply with a new water line.
"The main thing that residents will see is the addition of fire hydrants to their system," said Madden. "Once the fire departments are recertified as to their ratings, they should see a savings in their fire insurance."
Funding from Ohio EPA will cover about 40% of the project, and the rest of the money will come from a Community Development Block Grant, connecting fees paid by residents and a 0% interest loan. Six companies placed bids on the water main extension portion of the project, but the commissioners only received one bid for the new water tank.
"The engineer will take copies of the bids, check to see that all of the paperwork is correct and that their tabulations are proper," said Madden. "He will then notify the commissioners, and they will pass a resolution awarding the contract to the low bidder."
Madden said he hopes to begin construction in July.