The Wyoming County Commission approved an estimated $3,000 last Wednesday for a contractor to start conducting the surveys.
County Commission President Jason Mullins said water projects all over the state are being reevaluated to determine how much AML (Abandoned Mine Lands) funding for which they are eligible.
AML funding is determined by how much damage to a water system was caused by pre-1977 mining.
Water lines to Bud-Alpoca would be extended from the Covel water project.
“The income survey determines what people can pay,” Mullins noted. “You can’t make the water bill higher than they can afford to pay.”
“If we can help with the income survey, that’s the kind of thing we want to do keep the water projects going,” Mullins said. “We don’t wanto hold up any projects, so we provide seed money for things.
“(The amount) is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the project,” he commented.
Mullins said residents will be contacted by phone before before those doing the survey make a personal visit.
“We have to have information from pretty much everybody up there,” he stated.
Once water projects have been re-evaluated, they will be prioritized to determine which should be funded first, Mullins indicated.
Bud-Alpoca was without potable water for months last fall and early this year.
Also: The commission will hold its next meeting on July 30. There will be only one meeting in August, and it is set for August 20.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.