Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 6, 2014

Rahall announces $1.1 million in federal funding for water projects in McDowell and Wyoming counties


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Tuesday the award of more than $1.1 million in federal funds for two water/wastewater projects that will replace failing water systems and extend clean water to nearly 700 residential and small commercial customers in McDowell and Wyoming counties.

The McDowell County Public Service District will receive $607,000 to complete the funding needed for the Big Sandy Water Project, which is extending water service to approximately 513 customers in the Big Sandy and Roderfield areas of McDowell County. This funding is in addition to a $620,000 grant that Rahall announced in 2012.

And the Logan County Public Service District will receive $520,000 for the Bud/Alpoca Water System Upgrade Project, which will replace the failing water system serving approximately 170 existing residential and small commercial customers in the Bud and Alpoca areas of Wyoming County.

“Clean drinking water equals better health for families as well as our economy. That’s why I have led the charge to open more federal funding spigots to fund long-term dependable water service for southern West Virginians. We have made tremendous progress, but there still is important work to do,” said Rahall.  “These federal funds will go a long way to ensuring that the families, businesses, and schools of Bud/Alpoca and Big Sandy and Roderfield will have safe, clean drinking water pouring from the faucet.”

Rahall is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and its Sec. 340 Environmental Assistance Program that awarded this funding.

The Corps’ Section 340 Program, which Rahall helped to create in 1992 and has worked to fully fund, has provided residents across southern West Virginia with modern water and wastewater systems.