Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

March 27, 2014

Infrastructure overhaul: Good news for Bland County

— — Work is finally underway on a new $7 million wastewater treatment plant for Bland County. The long-awaited project has been four years in the making, and represents a critically important infrastructure upgrade for the area.

Ground was broken last week on the new wastewater treatment plant. It was made possible through various funding sources.

The funding partners on the project include the USDA Rural Development, which provided $1,134,000 in grant funds; the Virginia Tobacco Commission, $151,286 in grant funds; Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, $100,000 in grant funds; and $6.5 million in low interest rate loans.

In this modern day and age, it is imperative for all communities in our region to have modern water and wastewater treatment facilities. We congratulate officials in Bland County on this accomplishment.

It is our hope that one day all families in our region will have access to reliable and safe drinking water and modern wastewater treatment facilities.

But there is still much work to be done across Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia to make this a reality.

That’s why it will take continued and aggressive work from officials on the local, state and federal levels to ensure a continuation of the development of modern water and sewer infrastructure across our region.

 

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