WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Water line extension projects in three outlying Putnam County neighborhoods took a tentative step forward Tuesday.
At least 80 percent of residents in Custer Ridge near Buffalo, Trace Fork/Mud River near Culloden, and Sigmon Fork near Red House have said they will take city water if lines are extended to their areas.
That's the threshold West Virginia American Water needs to make water line extensions financially viable, so those three projects can now move into the next phase.
The county has a list of at least a dozen other water line extension requests to consider. The commission considers a combination of factors when choosing which projects to pursue, including cost per customer.
A fourth neighborhood, Painter's Creek, was on the short list of this round of extensions, but only seven of 12 residents signed on, falling short of the required 80 percent.
In Custer Ridge, 20 of 22 residents signed on, Trace Fork/Mud River had 20 of 21, and Sigmon Fork had six of eight.
The cost will be $771,155 for Custer Ridge, $766,051 for Trace Fork/Mud River, and $300,025 for Sigmon Fork.
Funding would come through low-interest loans and, the county hopes, contributions from West Virginia American Water.
The water company withdrew from some water line-extension projects to which it had made commitments last year, including one in Putnam County.