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Buchanan set to begin water pipe project this summer

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After years of hurdles and challenges the town of Buchanan is set to begin its long awaited water pipe replacement project.

The Buchanan Town Council approved the $6.2 million project, which includes a $2.5 million grant from the federal government.

The rest of the money will be in the form of a low-interest loan.

Due to the aging, ineffective pipes, its believed Buchanan loses as much as 70 percent of its water.

The 18 month project is expected to begin this summer.

Mayor Larry Hall said it can't start soon enough.

"I'm elated," he said. "It's kind of got the bear off of our back. This town is in great need of replacing the pipes and we'll be replacing almost 75 percent of every pipe that's in the ground."

The project has been on hold for more than five years due to numerous delays, including the town's extended boil advisory and former town treasurer Wanda Smith's embezzlement case

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