Fayette Water moving forward with Vandalia area expansion

Fayette Water Co. hopes to complete later this year an expansion project that would provide water for people living north and northwest of Vandalia.

The rural water group, which wanted to have between 150 and 200 households signed up for that expansion project, had 175 households on board at the start of last week.

One of the biggest reasons for holding this meeting is because of the people who are still thinking about signing up, Fayette Water Manager and Board Treasurer Randy Wolf said prior to a public meeting last Monday at First Church of God in Vandalia.

Fayette Water is hoping to eventually add 300-400 households in the Vandalia Lake area and in Shafter and Sharon townships, but is initially aiming for 200 households. Thats because the rural water group has recently signed a two-year agreement with the city of Vandalia that will allow the group to get up to 30,000 gallons of water a day, which is enough to serve 200 households.

Fayette Water, which was incorporated in 1991, currently serves four municipalities Brownstown, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Beecher City and about 1,050 rural customers, Wolf said. It has about 275 miles of line throughout its service areas.

Currently, the group is providing water solely from its wells. In the future, it will be hooking up to the Gateway Regional Water System, and participating in the Kaskaskia Springs water distribution project at the southwest edge of Vandalia, which will help provide water for the Bond and Madison Water Co., Wolf said.

As it prepares for the latest expansion project, Fayette Water will proceed with determining where its lines will go and getting easements to allow for the laying of those lines.

Where the greatest response (from potential customers) is will pretty well determine where our lines go, Wolf said.

For those rural residents who are interested in getting water from Fayette Water, the connection fee is $250 prior to the startup of construction and $800-$1,200 after construction, depending on the location of a meter.

Of the $250 fee, $25 must be paid with the submission of an application. The balance is due when the construction phase begins, Wolf said.

While the agreement with the city of Vandalia will ensure that Fayette Water has enough water to serve its new customers upon the completion of its latest expansion, that contract could also benefit the city in the future, he said.

We all need to be good neighbors, Wolf said. One day, if the city has a big industry come in, it would be nice to say, Weve got the water to help you out.

We also could help serve the prison in the future or alleviate the load for Vandalia, if needed, somewhere down the road, he said.

Once it hooks up to the Gateway System, Wolf said, We plan to be sitting on a large amount.

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