Water Outage Monday Night in D&E Area

City of Elkins Water System employees will be replacing fire hydrants on the campus of Davis & Elkins College on Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. The fire hydrants being replaced are near Halliehurst and Gribble Hall.

Water will be off or low pressure for customers on the D&E campus, Patricia Avenue, Grandview Avenue, Spruce Street, Sycamore Street, and Harpertown Road.

RESCHEDULED: 9/2 South Elkins Water Outage

On Thursday (9/2), starting at 4 p.m., water will be off for customers in the area outlined in red on the belowmap and bounded by:
  • Livingston Avenue
  • 12th St./railroad tracks
  • South Gate/South Davis Ave.
  • Scott Ford Road
The outage also includes Jennings Randolph Elementary School, which is why the outage has been delayed until after 4 p.m.
 
The primary affected area described above and shown in the map at the bottom of this post can expect to experience a water outage. Nearby areas may see lower pressure or intermittent outages as well. Barring complications, the water-line relocation is projected to take 2-3 hours.
 
The purpose of this outage is to enable Bear Contracting to relocate a water-line as part of the sewer/stormwater separation project.
 
Read more about the sewer/stormwater separation project here: https://cityofelkinswv.com/government/current-projects-initiatives/sewer-project/
Primary affected area is inside the red line:

Stoddard Avenue Water Leak

Update: Because of forecasted heavy rains, the leak repair on Stoddard Avenue previously planned for Wednesday is now scheduled to commence Thursday (8/19) at 1 p.m. The resulting outage/low pressure is mainly expected to affect customers on Stoddard Avenue (including Gateway Apartments), Patricia Avenue, and the D&E campus. Other customers may be affected as well.
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The city has received multiple reports of an ongoing low-volume water-main leak on Stoddard Avenue. Repair work on this leak is scheduled to commence Wednesday (8/18).
 
This timing is a result of several factors, including:
  • A shorthanded Water Distribution Department.
  • The scheduled absence of several department employees for mandatory training early next week.
  • The preference of our partners at Davis & Elkins College that water service to the campus not be interrupted during student move-in this weekend.
When work commences on Wednesday (8/18), the resulting outage/low pressure is mainly expected to affect customers on Stoddard Avenue (including Gateway Apartments), Patricia Avenue, and the D&E campus.
 
We will provide more specific notifications as the work commences.

Elkins Launching Two Infrastructure Projects Monday

Elkins, W. Va., January 28, 2021: On Monday, City of Elkins contractors will kick off two major infrastructure projects. Bear Contracting will begin Phase II of the city’s sewer/stormwater separation project, and Newman Plumbing will begin replacing remote-read water meters for all city water utility customers.

The sewer/stormwater separation project is the second phase of sewer-system improvements Elkins is required to implement under a 2011 consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of this project is to reduce the number of combined sewer/stormwater pipes in Elkins, so that sudden downpours are less likely to overwhelm the sewer system’s capacity and cause overflows of untreated sewage to the Tygart Valley River.

In the phase of the sewer/stormwater project commencing Monday, crews will eventually excavate sections of 15 city streets and alleys in the neighborhood west of Wimer Field to install new, dedicated stormwater lines and related infrastructure components, such as manholes and catch basins.

The first street that will be excavated is Railroad Avenue, starting where it dead ends against the south bank of the Tygart Valley River, near Kelly Foundry.

This project, which is funded by a $4.9 million bond issue, will not result in any additional increase in sewer rates. More information about this project, including a list and map of the affected streets, can be found here: www.bit.ly/Phase2Sewer.

The water-meter project will replace the remote-read meters currently in use by the city’s approximately 4,200 water customers. These water meters are five years past warranty coverage, and about 1,300 have already failed. The opportunity to replace these water meters arose when aggressive costsaving measures during the 2016 water plant construction project spared the necessary $1.5 million. As a result, this project will not result in any increase in water rates. More information about this project can be found here: www.bit.ly/ElkinsWaterMeters

The impact of the water-meter replacement project, which must be completed by September, is projected by the contractor to be minor for most customers, involving only about 15 minutes’ disruption of water service per meter. The impacts of the sewer/stormwater separation project will vary by street but can be expected to include changes to traffic and parking patterns and the presence of heavy equipment; this project is not projected to disrupt any customer’s sewer service, however.

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