New Cumberland Council discusses utility projects

NEW CUMBERLAND — New Cumberland’s Council on Aug. 12 discussed upcoming utility projects, focusing on the design of improvements and how best to accomplish them.

The city is working with the United States Department of Agriculture on improvements for its water and sewer systems. The projects are in the early stages and there is not a set start date for either. The city is eligible for interim financing for the design and engineering costs associated with the projects, but the exact cost has yet to be determined.

New Cumberland already has public sewer and public water. The projects are for improving the existing systems.

The water project is for updating the water meters, lines and tanks. The sewer project is for improving and maintaining the sewer treatment plant and the current vacuum sewer system.

Council also announced the water department will be flushing fire hydrants from Monday through Aug. 23. The water may be discolored while the hydrants are being flushed but the discoloration will not affect the water’s quality and residents should let the water run until it turns clear.

The hydrants are flushed about once a year to clean out sediment and debris that affects water pressure. Council advises residents to not do laundry while their neighborhood fire hydrants are being flushed due to the possible staining as a result of the discolored water.


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