Community leaders, utility officials and citizens of the Oakvale area gathered Friday, Aug. 23, to salute the hard work and commitment required to get clean, public drinking water to their communities. Approximately 370 residents gained clean water through the $7.2 million project known as the Mercer/Summers Phase IVA Water Project. Friday's valve-turning ceremony included presentations by William Winfrey II, Dennis Cole, Oakvale Road Public Service District Manager Pamela Browning, West Virginia American Water's Sean Groves, the West Virginia Development Office's Kevin Meadows, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Sherry Adams, Kimberly Gross - representing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin; Region I's David Cole; and Mike Browning, representing Sen. Joe Manchin.