Rising Sun's new Interconnect with Chester Water Authority has both dogs and fire hydrants covered.
The new water line, with construction work scheduled to wrap up in November, will cost as much as $10 million.
Rising Sun water and sewer commissioner Allen Authenreath, Joe Mazzuca from contractor Pact One, and Kenny Page, the inspector from KCI who is minding the project on behalf of the Town, discussed the work last week.
"We're at 85-90 percent completed with the construction phase," said Authenreath. Some work that remains will be boring under Route 1. "We're hoping that will be a week. It won't impact traffic," said Page. "And we've been able to work despite the rain. It's been hot, but we're used to that in summers here."
They said pressure testing has also been an ongoing process. "Thus far, that's looking good," said Mazzuca.
The contract states that the construction must conclude by the end of November. All the focus won't be on the connection. Three valves have to be replaced and a mixer added to the town water tower on Colonial Way. That will keep the water from getting stagnate and is required by Maryland Department of the Environment.
Work started in summer at the state line near Fremont Road. The work continued on Ridge and Red Pumps roads and on Walnut Street. Along the way, seven fire hydrants have been installed.
"I'm happy. I've attended progress meetings once a month. The only difference is the one small change order," Authenreath said. That order, $57,000, paved the way for seven new fire hydrants to be installed. "It will never be cheaper than at this time," Authenreath said.
He also met with the fire company and has received $21,000 in grant funds from the county towards that cost. He said he will work with the county in an attempt to get the remainder funded.
The project will also provide water to Triangle Dog Park, an amenity for which the public has been clamoring since the dog park opened.
And although town officials have stated they are hoping for commercial development, Authenreath said the project lends itself to home building as well.
The completion of the work will lead town officials to lift the 13 year building moratorium. Although specifics are unknown, developments are pending at Stephen's Preserve, Maple Heights, the Knutsen property, and at D&J builders along Route 273 at Maple Heights. Authenreath said he also hopes a "job center" providing high paying jobs will come to the Route 1 corridor. "We're seeing that the county is getting industrial. We're hoping for a higher tech property, not as much another warehouse. We're hoping for higher end jobs so people don't have to drive to Baltimore or D.C.
"If we'd have done anything differently, we would have done this years ago," added Authenreath.