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On our web pages you will find all the information you need to know about our community, its economy, education system, recreation, special events, and local government, as well as other interesting sites about West Virginia. Shinnston is also one of ten award-winning Blueprint Communities in the state of West Virginia and is committed to developing its assets to the fullest of its potential. Our community also plays host to Frontier Days, Relay for Life and many other community involvement programs designed to better our area. We invite you to tour our town and enjoy our site.
Installation of New Filters at Water Plant Set to Begin
Shinnston water customers are being asked to curtail excess water usage over the next three weeks as the City installs new filters at their Water Treatment Plant.
Earlier this year the City was approved for financing on a lease/purchase agreement allowing for the purchase and installation of new filters. These will replace the existing filters which have been in place since the plant was constructed in 1978.
The new filters are expected to greatly increase efficiency in plant operations, both in terms of monetary operations as well as capacity to produce water.
The city had to make additional preparations at the plant to begin the physical installation of the filters. They are now ready to begin that phase of the project. The process will take 20 days to complete.
During the duration of the project, the water plant will be operating at levels below normal production capacity. Although this is not expected to affect everyday usage, water customers are being asked to curtail any excess use of water, such as washing of vehicles, filling swimming pools, etc.
The installation of these new filters is a major component of the City’s plan to maximize efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs associated with operation of the utilities, while also allowing for increased capacity and quality of product.
City Officials to Address Challenges Facing Utilities System
City officials from Shinnston will address issues with their public utilities at an open meeting August 25th.
The meeting is a regularly-scheduled work session of city council, and will be held at Lincoln High School’s auditorium to allow for a larger audience. The utilities issue will be the only item on the agenda for discussion.
The water and sewer utilities are facing infrastructure issues relating to the age of the system and its component pieces. Those infrastructure problems have led to an increased strain on the finances in the water and sewer fund.
The city has drafted an improvement plan to address the system’s shortcomings and ways to improve the situation. That plan will be presented in detail at the meeting by Assistant City Manager Travis Blosser.
Part of the improvement plan includes installation of new filters at the water treatment facility. That process is currently in the planning stages along with the other elements of the improvement plan and will be beginning soon.
All Shinnston utilities customers, both residents and non-residents of the city, are encouraged to attend. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. There will be a period for general questions from the audience.
The mission of the City of Shinnston is to provide excellent utility, public works, and customer services; to encourage economic development of the City; to ensure public safety; and to foster an atmosphere of community involvement.