Article by Charles Owen
Bearwallow was the fourth community in Tazewell County to recieve a self-help water project following the projects in Smith Ridge, Falls Mills, and Peel Chestnut Mountain. The residents of the Bearwallow Community were able to install over 3,740 feet of pipe in one day! Within the next two months they had installed over 17,000 feet.
Article by Warren Hinkle
The Bearwallow Community project kicked off on Saturday, July 26, 2000. The project used predominantly volunteer labor from the Bearwallow Community. "Some volunteers helped with work near the trencher digging the ditch, while others laid the pipe and covered the ditch. Others served as flagmen, cleaned the road surface and prepared meals for the workers." The project, when completed, will serve 24 families.
Article by Charles Owens
Before volunteers installed over 20,000 feet of water line, Bearwallow residents had to haul water to their homes. In less than two months, with funding from DHCD, Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, and Sam's Club, along with volunteer labor from over 95% of the Bearwallow community, approximately 25 households had running water.
To the editor:
Bearwallow Community Water Project sends thanks to many local area supporters.