On Wednesday, 21 August 2019, SWaN Investors presented documents to the Water Commission and Town Council describing a proposal to wrap the Water Sytem Improvement Project into the Hill Top’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which can only be used for public infrastructure. Three documents were presented:
Click on the links above to review these documents. Hard copies are also available at Harpers Ferry Town Hall.
On Wednesday, 17 June 2019, the WV Public Service Commission (PSC) held a hearing before Administrative Law Judge Deborah Vandervort at Harpers Ferry Town Hall, Case Number 19-0105-W-CN, concerning the Harpers Ferry Water Works' Application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to make improvments to the existing water treatment facility and distribution system. A full transcript of the hearing has now been released, which can be reviewed on the PSC's website (click the link to access). A final decision in the case is expected to be released in September.
After a public comment period in June 2019, the final updated Source Water Protection Plan for the Harpers Ferry Water Works was released. To view the SWPP, click here.
During the summer months, and throughout the year, consider minimizing non-essential water usage, check often for leaks, and make repairs in a timely fashion. Read more here.
A public informational meeting to inform the public of Harpers Ferry’s proposed water project was held on 6 April 2015 at Harpers Ferry Town Hall. The project includes the following: upgrading the raw water pump station; completing several improvements and upgrades to the water treatment facilities, including an emergency generator; replacing approximately 20,000 linear feet of old waterlines; installation of membrane filtration technology; making several other improvements to the water distribution system; and repairing and repainting the two older water storage tanks. The total project cost has been estimated at approximately $6,250,000. It is anticipated that the project will reduce water loss, reduce operation and maintenance expenses, improve the overall condition of the system, increase operational efficiency, enable the system to produce and distribute high quality potable water, and to meet future water quality standards.
Christopher Eckenrode, Senior Project Engineer with Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, provided a detailed explanation of the proposed project, the upgrades that would be needed to ensure that clean water can be delivered in a dependable manner, to enable the Harpers Ferry Water Works to be compliant with current and future regulations, and to modernize the system so that it is efficient and highly functional for decades to come.
To see the slide presentation, click here. (Large file size: 8 MB.)
The meeting provided attendees an opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed water project and to comment on economic and environmental impacts, service area or alternatives to the project. The minutes of the meeting may be found here (click link).
The engineering firm Gwin, Dobson & Foreman (GD&F), of Altoona, Pennsylvania, has released the "Harpers Ferry Water Works Evaluation and Feasibility Study" for a new water treatment facility and distribution system upgrades. The document can be read online here. A hard copy may also be reviewed at Town Hall. (Note: Large file size.)
The Harpers Ferry Water Works utilizes an emergency notification system to notify water customers in case of a public emergency. Signing up for the program is optional and your contact information will be kept confidential.
The system, Message911, is very flexible, in that it can notify all customers or just those in a certain neighborhood where a problem occurs. Messages are sent out simultaneously to all designated recipients so there is no delay in notification. Customers may choose two methods of communication from the following four choices: voice on your landline; voice on your cell phone; text message on your cell phone; or e-mail message. If you choose text notification, you will be sent an “opt-in” message to legally comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
To register for the Message911 system, please complete the sign-up form (click here to access the form) and submit it to Harpers Ferry Town Hall. Your information will be entered into a customer database. If you have questions about signing up for this program, contact the Harpers Ferry Town Hall at 304-535-2206, ext. 3.
The first water works in Harpers Ferry was built in 1810 to provide fire protection to the buildings of the Harpers Ferry Arsenal, which was constructed by the federal government in 1799. The Harpers Ferry Water Works, Inc., was incorporated on 23 December 1935 by William Franklin Andes and Henry T. McDonald of Harpers Ferry and Thomas Rutherford Moore of Charles Town. The purchase of the system by the Corporation of Harpers Ferry was approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission on 29 June 1949.
The Harpers Ferry Water Commission, in its advisory capacity, was created to assist the Town Council in carrying out its responsibilities in administering, operating, and maintaining the Harpers Ferry Water Works in a professional, efficient, and financially sound manner. The Commission consists of "at least three and not more than six members, all but one of whom shall be residents of Harpers Ferry, except that the member who is not a Harpers Ferry resident shall be a resident of the Harpers Ferry Water Works service area" (Ordinance Article 901.02). For complete information, refer to Article 901 of the Codified Ordinances of Harpers Ferry.
All meetings of the Water Commission are open to the public. Regular meetings are held upstairs at Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Please refer to the official calendar on the homepage of this website for the actual date.
Christy Huddle, chairperson (term ending 31 Dec 2021)
Sandra Marra, vice-chairperson / voting representative outside the Corporation (term ending 31 Dec 2020)
Marie Uehling, secretary (term ending 31 Dec 2020)
(vacancy – term ending 31 Dec 2019)
(vacancy – term ending 31 Dec 2021)
Barbara Humes, Council liaison (non-voting)
Chief Water Operator / Class II Water Operator
Chris Styer, Class II Water Operator / Meter Specialist
Chris Spanos, Class II Water Operator
Shawn Veney, Field Technician
Angela Cummings, Water Clerk
(includes current water tariffs)
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
Elks Run Study Committee final report
Water Works: 304-535-2206
Water Plant: 304-535-6555
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WATER COMMISSION MINUTES
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Older meeting minutes can be obtained from the Water Clerk.
Payments to the Harpers Ferry Water Works can be made using cash, check, or money order in person at Harpers Ferry Town Hall. Payments may also be made online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) at the external water account page (click here).
(Please note that there is a fee charged by a third-party vendor for the online payment service — 3% of the amount or $2.50, whichever is greater. Neither Harpers Ferry Water Works nor the Corporation of Harpers Ferry receive any part of this fee.)
HARPERS FERRY WATER WORKS SERVICE AREA
In addition to serving residents of Harpers Ferry, the Water Works also serves residents of Bolivar and surrounding areas.
AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCY NUMBER
Note: This number should be used for emergencies only. All billing questions must be referred to Water Clerk Angie Cummings at Harpers Ferry Town Hall during normal business hours.