BURLINGTON - The Fountain Public Service District will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department to provide residents with information on the Burlington water project.

Members of the PSD will talk about the construction process and the customers' responsibilities in connecting to the system.

The cost to apply for service includes a tap fee of $100 and a security deposit of $50. Effective March 15, the cost will be increased to a tap fee of $300 and a security deposit of $50.

Residents who meet certain income requirements are eligible for a free tap, having only to pay the $50 security deposit. For example, a family of four can have an annual income of up to $35,300 and still be eligible for a free tap.

The ability to obtain a free tap will end March 15, however.

Applications for service are available at the Mineral County coordinator's office on the third floor of the courthouse and at the Fountain Public Service District office on state Route 46 near the intersection with county Route 9.

Construction on the water project is expected to begin soon, as the weather permits.

The Public Service District awarded three contracts Jan. 9 to complete construction of the project. Two contracts for the water line and chlorination facilities were awarded to Stonegate Construction at a total cost of $2,805,815. The contract for two water storage tanks was awarded to Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems at a cost of $305,850.

Both contractors have eight months to complete construction.

For more information, contact the county coordinator's office at (304) 788-5921.

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