HARROD — Another piece of the puzzle is in place for implementation of a regional waterline project near Harrod and Lafayette.
The Allen East school board Tuesday night approved an agreement with the Allen Water District that will allow the school to connect to the waterline, once it’s built.
Under the agreement, Allen East would receive 1,500 feet of waterline, 6 inches in diameter, and will include two fire hydrants.
Allen East schools are currently served by a well and the cost to maintain that well keeps going up.
“We are controlled by the EPA and the EPA has become more stringent when it comes to water situations,” said Superintendent Mel Rentschler. “It’s getting more expensive to keep up with testing and have a Class I operators license.”
By signing up for the new waterline project they’ll be able to get water that’s better for the students and for the equipment at the school. The well water is hard and the city water is softened.
“We have $100,000 chillers and all of the stuff running through there. We dealt with it for the last 12 years,” said Rentschler.
According to the Allen Water District’s website, the East Regional Waterline Improvement Project was initiated through requests made by the Villages of Lafayette and Harrod to the Allen Water District to determine how to best serve these communities with public water. The project consists of constructing a waterline with fire hydrants from Westminster to the Villages of Harrod and Lafayette serving all residents of both communities. The City of Lima is the supplier of the water.
The total estimated cost of the entire waterline project is $8.5 million.
Groundbreaking could happen as soon as spring of 2020 with completion by spring of 2021.
The waterline project could be a catalyst for developing the area with subdivisions popping up along the waterline route.
A public meeting is being held to present the estimated project costs to residents. The first of those meetings will be held 7 p.m. June 26 at Allen East High School. So far, neither Lafayette or Harrod have committed to the project. If either one backs out, the Allen Water District would have to start the process over.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.