MORGANTOWN — Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) General Manager Tim Ball said the utility is still waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to provide the necessary permits for the new Cobun Creek Reservoir project.

Further, Ball said the corps has asked for the resubmission of MUB’s environmental mitigation project plan after first announcing it would not honor the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) decision to reduce the number of necessary mitigation credits from 10,000 to 6,700, then ultimately determining MUB actually had enough all along.

Even so, Ball said, it will likely take two to three weeks of engineering to resubmit what is basically the same plan.

“You can obviously hear the frustration in my voice as I describe this saga to you,” Ball said.

Ball said he anticipates construction on the reservoir project to begin in March.

The wastewater plant expansion and creation of a new secondary source reservoir were behind a 33-percent increase in water rates and 87.5 percent increase in sewer rates, both of which went into effect last July.

The projects have a combined value of about $140 million.