The results of the town of Mineral’s water system survey have been released to both the Mineral Town Council and the Louisa County Water Authority.
The survey, which was approved by both groups last June, was completed in December and the findings were presented to council members and LCWA before their respective meetings on Feb. 12 and 14.
The survey was conducted by Thrasher Group in Fredericksburg as part of an ongoing discussion between the town council and the LCWA about the water authority potentially taking over maintenance of the town’s water system and providing water to the town. No action has been taken in that direction, with members taking time to review the results.
“We tried to keep it generic to the system and not worry about who owns it,” Mineral Town Manager Sal Luciano said.
The results of the survey indicated that the town’s water system is functioning within expected perameters, but also included several areas where improvements could be made to make the system even more efficient.
Thrasher suggested three possible improvements to the system, including replacing some of the older sections of piping, installing new water meters and adding a second water tower in the town.
Whichever party controls the water system would be responsible for implementing any or all of the suggested improvements, should they elect to do so. Costs for all three are estimated around $3 million, and grants are available to help alleviate funding requirements.
The next step in the process involves a meeting between the water authority and the town to discuss the results of the survey.
“I don’t know if this will surprise them [the LCWA], or if it’s what they expected,” Luciano said.
No definitive timeline has been set for any further action on whether the water authority should control the town’s water system.
Mineral Town Council’s next meeting will be held on March 12 at 7 p.m. The LCWA will hold it’s next regular business meeting on March 14 at 6 p.m.