The groundbreaking for the new Huttonsville water treatment plant will take place Friday afternoon.
At 1 p.m. in the Huttonsville - Mill Creek Fire Department, officials from the Huttonsville Public Service District will be providing refreshments and hors d'oeuvres and facilitating speeches commemorating the site.
The groundbreaking is open to the public. Representatives from the USDA, USDA Rural Utilities Service, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's office and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office will be attending.
"There will be speeches from Sen. Manchin's office and the Rural Utilities Service," Louise McAtee, general manager of the Huttonsville PSD, said.
The creation of a water treatment plant in Huttonsville will allow the city to pump its own water, McAtee said. Currently, water is purchased from Beverly and Elkins and pumped to Huttonsville.
When the plant is complete, Huttonsville will no longer be dependent on their neighboring towns for water.
McAttee said the plant will be connected to the Elkwater Dam, which was dedicated this past summer.
In addition, she said, water lines will be constructed to reach the towns of Bell Crouch, Valley Head and Mingo. Lines already connected to Becky's Creek will extend through the town to Bell Crouch.