Scott County Public Service Authority’s merger with Nickelsville water, sewage systems 'making good progress'

Holly Viers • Dec 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM

GATE CITY — The merger between the Scott County Public Service Authority and the town of Nickelsville’s water and sewage systems is moving forward ahead of schedule.

During this month’s meeting of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, SCPSA Director Mike Dishman gave an update on the merger, noting that it should be complete in a couple of months.

“We’re making good progress on the merger with the town water and wastewater system,” Dishman said. “Our staff has been up there … visiting with their meter reader, their building systems clerk, their operators and getting to know their system.”

In June, the SCPSA and the town entered into an agreement whereby the SCPSA would provide assistance to Nickelsville’s water and sewage systems, if the SCPSA has the resources available to do so.

The agreement includes the requirement that the SCPSA acquire the town’s water and wastewater systems within 12 months, or by June 2019.

“That has to happen by June; we expect that to happen much sooner than that,” Dishman said. “We want it to happen as soon as possible. We had a goal of the end of the year; I don’t believe that will happen, but maybe by February.”

Other water project updates

• Central Scott County water: This project is the first phase of the SCPSA’s comprehensive county water project. The project is not yet funded, but a preliminary engineering and environmental report is underway. The project will serve the area north and east of Gate City between Clinch Mountain and the Clinch River, which includes Big Moccasin, Midway, Nickelsville, Reed Hollow, Snowflake, Upper Manville and Williams Mill.

• Yuma sewer phases two and three and Hiltons sewer phases one and two: The preliminary layout on this project is complete, and work has begun to get permits and identify required easements. The project is grant- and loan-funded.

• Weber City water main replacement/leakage reduction: This project will replace an old and deteriorating galvanized water main, which has significant leakage. It’s expected to be completed in the spring of 2019 and is grant-funded.

• Daniel Boone sewer phase one: The project design and engineering plans have been completed, but obtaining easements has delayed the project; two more easements remain. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and be completed in 2020. The project is grant- and loan-funded.

• Sustainability improvements: This project includes multiple improvements to the SCPSA’s water plants and distribution system, including incorporating an existing high-producing well at Natural Tunnel State Park into the SCPSA’s water supply grid. The project is grant- and loan-funded.

• Robinette Valley and Hunters Valley West water: This project will serve about 80 homes. Preliminary design is nearly complete, and the project is grant- and loan-funded.

• Hanging Rock Parkway water: This project is located northwest of Dungannon and would be supplied from the town’s water system. The project is not yet funded but is in the funding application phase.