Martha SparksSociety Editor
September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Buffalo Creek Public Service District will receive funding from the USDA to help update existing sewer treatment and extend sewer accessibility to more than 300 residents in the Triadelphia area.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), announced Friday that funding for the Buffalo Creek PSD, along with funding for three additional districts, will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for water infrastructure projects in southern West Virginia.
“As the Congress addresses the federal budget in the coming months, vital, essential programs funding basic services like clean drinking water and wastewater treatment must be preserved,” said Rahall. “Federal agencies, like Rural Development, are true partners with us in promoting healthier families and our communities’ economies. When needs outweigh a community’s and a State’s ability to meet those needs, federal government investments are not only necessary, they strengthen the entire country.”
“Making sure West Virginians have access to safe water and enough of it is crucial,” said Rockefeller. “This funding will make sure that communities in southern West Virginia are able to get the water and wastewater infrastructure they need, which enables our towns and economies to grow and keeps West Virginians healthy and safe. I’m thrilled to see this funding coming to our state.”
“Making sure that all the people of our state are connected to basic necessities of life – like water – is one of my top priorities,” Manchin said. “When state and local governments partner with the federal government on projects like these, it’s a win-win for everyone involved. That’s what I did when I was Governor, when my Administration worked with communities through loan programs to make sure that everyone involved invested in these projects. And I will continue to work to make these commonsense infrastructure investments a reality as Senator.”
The other service districts included the Raleigh County Public Service District which will receive a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of nearly $3.7 million and a grant of $500,000 to upgrade and extend the District’s water system; the Craigsville Public Service District in Nicholas County will receive a loan of $1,977,000 for its project to install one storage tank, one booster station, and 50,400 linear feet of water lines to serve approximately 88 new customers along County Route 3 beginning with Lick Fork and running to the Town of Tioga, and the Lincoln Public Service District will receive a grant of $879,000 and a loan of $401,000 to extend public water service to approximately 118 new customers that currently rely on privately owned wells.
The loans and grants are being provided by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to help West Virginia communities build and upgrade rural water systems. RUS funding provides thousands of new connections to water and wastewater facilities to improve water quality, increase the efficiency of water use, and reduce usage, which helps to improve local economies and quality of life in rural areas across the United States.