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In an age where people are looking for alternative ways of doing things, the self-help program seems like an inexpensive and practical way to get smaller water projects done in Carroll County.
The cost of everything is shooting through the roof, not the least of which is construction-related efforts.
The rise in gas prices makes it more expensive to run equipment and ship materials on any construction work, but Carroll County Public Service Authority and community members have apparently found a way around that by using the self-help program for Happy Hollow Road.
It allows people to, just as it says, help themselves to a safe, clean source of drinking water. If there are enough people from the neighborhood to do the required work, they can participate.
With 42 volunteers, Happy Hollow can supply the six people needed for the crews to do some digging, flag traffic and put the pipe in the ground. They will get assistance to operate a backhoe and supervision on installing the pipe from the PSA.
Having citizens work a construction job themselves seems unusual, but it will certainly beat the current situation of water that can’t be used because it stains anything it touches and isn’t good to drink.
If this project works, the county will try to repeat the success on Pridemore Road and other places.
The trade-off of a few blisters from the work should be well worth the trouble. Self-help is a good alternative.