Universal community celebrates improvements to water systems

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UNIVERSAL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Jim Roskovensky is the current operator for Universal Water in Universal, Ind. He said after inspecting the town’s water wells and finding a potential hole, they discovered they had larger problems at hand.

“We had some problems with our fire hydrants a lot of them were leaking through. Some of them weren’t operating like they should they were put in back in 1964,” he explained. “They were the type that weren’t repairable. And when they looked on down the line, they decided we really needed a back up generator in case you have a bad storm or ice storm, you’ll have no way of getting water.”

Town leaders spent a year drawing up improvement designs and estimated that the project would cost $816,000. They received a $600,000 grant from Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs, also known as OCRA.

Cyndi Todd, Universal Grant Administrator, said with the state’s funding and help from other agencies, they were able to fund the project  without hurting the town’s finances.

“When we knew the price tag of the project of $816,000 we knew it would take multiple agencies to help fund that for the town of universal. A town with an extremely small budget, there was no way that they would be able to improve the water system on their own,” she said. “So the collaboration, we do this with many projects we look for opportunities to utilize all the state agencies that would fit a project like this. “

The grant also helped fund other water system improvements like installing water pressure boosters and installing new filters

Roskovensky said he’s happy they have been able to cater to the needs of Universal residents.

“We’re thankful to OCRA for giving us the money because you know a lot of times the little towns get over looked but we’re very appreciative of all the people that helped us,” he noted.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the summer.

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