Cumberland water issues improving

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The state will not be taking over the City of Cumberland's water plant at least for now.

The state had given the city until this Friday to fix all the violations, but now they have been granted an extension.

It all started when people who live at the Cumberland Manor Apartments started experiencing low water pressure or no water at all.

"When the people lost water that made them take notice. This is something that can't be avoided or overlooked," said Cumberland Council Member Charles Raleigh.

Since then the state has ordered the City of Cumberland to fix several violations and pay a $10,000 fine.

"We've made good progress on the water plant, and we are nearing the finishing touches of getting the water plant completed," said Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield.

But the city will not have everything finished before Friday's deadline, so now the state is giving them a three to four month extension.

"If we don't comply with what their wishes are, and we don't finish the water plant by that time, we will be going to court," said Mayor Hatfield.

That could lead to a possible state takeover.

"I was glad that we got the time extension because the last thing we want to do is turn our water system over to the state. It's going to cost the taxpayers more money," said Council Member Raleigh.

The city does have other options that would include upgrading the sewer plant, but the mayor says the biggest issue they are facing now is getting the funding for the projects.

The mayor does believe the city can get the problems fixed before the new deadline.

At Monday night's city council meeting there was a first reading for water rate increases, but not decision have been made.

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