An extension project has added 60 residences to those along Rte. 61 receiving wastewater service from the Page-Kincaid Public Service District.
On Tuesday, Page-Kincaid PSD officials, county, state and federal representatives and community members gathered for the dedication of the Johnson Branch/North Page Wastewater Extension Project.
According to information compiled by project engineer Anthony Brown, of Thrasher Engineering, the extension consisted of constructing wastewater collection facilities to provide public service to 55 residences in the Johnson Branch and North Page areas and five residences in the South Kincaid area.
"It (the newest extension) is part of the overall effort to clean up Loup Creek and provide better health for the people and improve the quality of life," said John David, a commissioner and the secretary of the Page-Kincaid PSD.
The contractor, Famco Inc., began work in July 2013. The project, which came in under budget, cost $2.48 million (the United States Department of Agriculture funding portion was $1,880,000 and the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council portion was $600,000).
The existing 48,000-gallons-per-day Page Wastewater Treatment Plant provides treatment of the septic tank wastewater effluent flow from the Johnson Branch, South Kincaid and North Page areas of the project, according to Brown. The PSD also currently provides public water service in those areas.
David said the PSD supplies water service to about 700 residences in various unincorporated communities up and down Rte. 61, as well as wastewater service to many of those families.
Next up is supplying wastewater service to residences in the Robson-Mulberry area, said David.
All told, the PSD's north-south coverage area includes about 20 miles, and several more miles are added by providing service to residents who live up the various hollows.
Brown said the availability of public wastewater service can help retain existing jobs in the area and provide the infrastructure for expansion of existing businesses and provide other economic development opportunities for small industries.
David also said the PSD has recently drilled a new aquifer well at Johnson Branch. And, Page-Kincaid, through the legislative Community Partnership Grant Program, has a generator with a portable transfer switch which it can utilize at various locations.