WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – For as long as people living in some Trumbull County communities can remember, drinking water in parts of the county has been undrinkable.
“West Farmington has water they can’t drink,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.
Fuda and other Trumbull County Commissioners, as well as other local leaders, discussed a new project Thursday that would bring clean drinking water to several communities in northern Trumbull County. They have been working closed with state lawmakers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to make the plan a reality.
“This means a possibility of water for so many people who need it really badly,” Fuda said.
The project is being dubbed the “Blueprint to Prosperity — Water Line Initiative.” If approved, new water lines would be installed between Newton Falls and West Farmington, with other communities being impacted, too.
There are still steps that must be completed to make this project a reality, including the West Farmington and Southington Estates communities buying water from the county and securing Ohio EPA funding — between grant and loan money.
State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, says this will cost more than $15 million over a 30-year period, but he says it is a good deal for taxpayers.
“The people in Trumbull County obviously will pay for it, but they’re not going to pay with any interest payments,” he said.
People in the communities impacted will have a chance to voice their opinions on the project. Questionnaires will be sent to people and businesses in the area.