MORGANTOWN — An $864,000 water line extension in the Cheat Lake area is moving forward after Morgantown City Council signed off on a pair of related laws during its most recent regular session.

The Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) will extend water service to 20 customers on Rockley Road.

The project is funded largely through equal parts grant and loan — both in the amount of $394,000 — from the West Virginia Infrastructure, Jobs and Development Council (IJDC).

MUB will provide $26,000 per public service commission stipulations and the county commission provided $50,000.

The laws passed by council give MUB the authority to build the project and set up the surcharge that will be used to repay the loan amount.

The only water bills that will be affected will be those of the customers receiving service. In the event that number changes, the surcharge added to their monthly bills will be recalculated.

MUB General Manager Tim Ball explained that municipal utilities are permitted to extend 20 miles beyond city boundaries. He said MUB’s customer base is divided almost evenly between city and county residents.

MUB recently awarded the project to Kurkurin Contracting, of Export, Pa.