WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBOY) — Almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund three water infrastructure projects in West Virginia, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday.
According to a press release, in Randolph County, funding for the Adrian Public Service District will help create 10 waterline extensions and bring water to 166 unserved potential customers in the area. It will also install new pump stations and water storage tanks that will serve Pickens and the Metzner Hollow Road area. The total grant funding is $1,863,000.
The Adrian PSD project is expected to be completed in December of 2023. Upon completion, potable water from the PSD will be available to areas of Upshur County, the Pickens community and Pickens School.
“It is very important for us to reach out to the people in our area because currently there are no other water districts that service anywhere near the areas that we’re reaching out to. We’re their only hope of getting clean, potable water, so it is very important, it’s vital to these children in that district that they have good water, that they don’t run short,” said Norma Woody, Adrian PSD manager.
When the project is complete, Woody said if customers receive a rate increase, they should be aware that those funds will go towards paying off the loan that was acquired to complete this extension project.
In Preston County, the town of Tunnelton receives funding for an improved sewer collection system which, according to the release, will improve service for 142 residential users, four commercial users and eight public users. The total grant funding is $30,000.
The majority of the funding will go to the Mason County Public Service District for major sewer system improvements. The project was allotted more than $5 million in grants and nearly $3 million in loans.