By: Martha SparksSociety Editor
July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) announced Thursday that the Town of Gilbert will receive federal funding to complete the Horsepen-Browning Fork combined water project upgrade.
“Gilbert is blessed to have public and private leaders who, in partnership, take the long view when it comes to family health. This funding is another sizeable down payment on a promise of clean water and better health for the community.” said Rahall. “The object of this overall multi-million dollar effort does not end at the kitchen sink spigot. When we improve services to communities, families as well as businesses prosper. The entire area becomes more attractive for investment and future growth. As the quality of life increases for our region, we forge a stronger link with our fellow communities and strengthen the Nation’s future.”
The Town of Gilbert will receive a Water and Waste Disposal grant $350,000 from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to complete the funding package to upgrade the current water systems and extend public water service to approximately 368 new customers. Previous funding awarded included two USDA Rural Development loans totaling $1,862,000 and two USDA-RD grants totaling $1,300,000. Other funding included $2,317,000 from the State of West Virginia, and $1,500,000 provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Total cost for the combined projects is $7,329,000.