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Kingston makes use of leftover water funds

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By Mike Gibson

With a waterline connection to Rockwood in under budget, Kingston City Council members have turned one project into four.

The Rockwood interconnection project began with a roughly $2 million federal grant-loan combination to enable Kingston to purchase additional water — if needed — from Rockwood.

The project wrapped with money to spare. Kingston officials want to use the remaining $724,000 for further water line improvements. But any new work must have a connection to the original project.

The plan for the funds includes:
• A waterline to Lawnville Road to increase water service along the Gallaher Road corridor.
• Replacing the existing Kingston Heights pump station due to ongoing problems.
• Creating a water system map.
• Installing zone meters to aid in the accountability of the water system.

Kingston Water Board voted unanimously to forge ahead with the improvements.

“This will be the end of it,” said City Manager David Bolling of the planned improvements, which should most if not all of the remaining funds. “Rural Development [the USDA overseer of the grant/loan program] doesn’t want anymore changes. This closes it out.”