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Money is on the way to help bring water to parts of Summers County

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Thousands of dollars are on the way to help complete a water project in Summers County.

The USDA awarded the Big Bend Public Service District $345,000 to complete the Wiggins and Browning water extension project.

This grant is in addition to a $1.8 million in Rural Development funding given to the project in 2009 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to finish the nearly $2.8 million project.

It will provide service to approximately 74 additional homes and businesses within the communities of Wiggins, Browning, and areas along West Virginia Route 3.   Customers in these areas currently rely on wells and springs as their only source of water.  Those sources are unreliable during periods of drought and, in the areas next to the Greenbrier River, are susceptible to contamination during flooding.

Right now, construction involves installation of various size waterlines, a new water storage tank, and upgrades to the existing treatment plant to increase the daily production rate by 1.5 hours.

Big Bend PSD provides public water service to approximately 480 households and small businesses in the communities of Talcott, Hilldale, Pence Springs and the Willowood Road areas. This includes the Big Bend PSD project, Rural Development has invested loans and grants of $3 million for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Summers County.

The money was announced Wednesday, by U.S. Representative Nick Rahall along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin.   

In a press release Rahall said, "I have long supported federal investments in cleaner drinking water and modern wastewater management systems in communities throughout southern West Virginia.  These kinds of improvements create jobs during construction phase, leverage dollars in private-sector investment and help to ensure a solid foundation for business development."

Rockefeller said, "Reliable access to clean drinking water and modern wastewater services is critical to the overall health and economic success of our communities.   This funding will help modernize Big Bend Public Service District's facilities so they can better serve families and businesses in Summers County."

"All West Virginians should have access to the basic necessities of life, especially clean water," said Sen. Manchin.  "These commonsense infrastructure projects are not only incredibly important to the health of our families and our communities, but they are smart investments that attract business and drive economic development.  I am pleased that this federal grant will help Summers County complete critical upgrades for Big Bend Service District's water treatment and distribution system."