Aqua, County Join to Bring Water to Purple Cat Camp

COITSVILLE, Ohio – Aqua Ohio, the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners and Coitsville Township trustees today announced their collaboration to construct a 2,790-foot water main extension that will serve The Purple Cat’s new Camp Gabba, as well as benefit public health and economic development in the township.

The $333,500 project is funded by Aqua and through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant secured by Mahoning County.

“We are excited about this project on several levels,” said Jennifer Johnson, Aqua Ohio area manager. “First, it represents Aqua’s intention to continue our growth in the Mahoning Valley. Second, we’re able to help The Purple Cat provide new services for adults with disabilities. And finally, any time we can partner with public entities like Mahoning County to expand the availability of safe, reliable water, residents and businesses will benefit.”  

Added Coitsville Township Trustee Phyllis Johnson, “It really warms my heart to know these services are being provided right here. It’s also important to acknowledge that this water main will support economic growth in the township and gets us closer to our goal to have water and sewer available to the state line.”

The contract was awarded to Marucci and Gaffney Excavating and includes the installation of 2,790 linear feet of 12-inch water main and four fire hydrants. Construction started this week and is expected to be completed by year-end. Final site restoration will be completed in the spring, officials said. 

Aqua Ohio is the state’s largest investor-owned drinking water and wastewater utility and serves about 500,000 Ohioans in 19 counties. This includes about 60,000 people in Mahoning County in the cities of Campbell and Struthers; villages of Lowellville, New Middletown and Poland; and Beaver, Boardman, Canfield, Coitsville, Poland and Springfield townships.

SOURCE: Aqua Ohio.

IMAGE: The Purple Cat.

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