The final phase of Waitsfield’s $8 million municipal water system got under way this week when Kingsbury Companies began extending the water mains from Route 100 to smaller roads that the system will serve.

Kingsbury Companies started its work at the south end of the service area, bringing the pipes from Dugway Road down Butcher House Road. The water mains will also be extended into Fiddler’s Green, along the Slow Road, into the Mad River Green Shopping Center, Carroll Road and possibly up Post Office Hill Road to the Waitsfield/Fayston town line.

Municipal water project manager Henry Erickson said there is interest from Fayston residents who live on Post Office Hill Road in signing on to the system.

This phase of the project will take six weeks to two months and when it is completed individual properties will be connected to the system. Work on the well house at the Reed Road site where the town’s well is located is nearing completion as well, Erickson said.

When all the piping and hardware is in place water will begin flowing and the town will have to flush the lines, starting from the well to the storage tank on Bushnell Road and then moving forward through the system. Users of the system will be brought on line as soon as their section of water main and pipes have been flushed.

Because of the dry summer and the problems that some people and businesses are having with their wells, springs and water supplies, the town will try to get those people connected first.

Last week Waitsfield received word that its project grant from the USDA Rural Development would be increased by $451,137 to fund project cost overruns related primarily to litigation over the water project. That brings the total project cost to just over $8 million.