U.S. Senators Shelly Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced $1.5 million was award to the City of Welch to update the wastewater system.
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. It will help to expand the city’s wastewater system into North Welch, serving around 93 customers.
Senator Capito said updating infrastructure is crucial in West Virginia.
“Modern, reliable infrastructure is critical to providing basic services West Virginians depend on,” Senator Capito said. “Local, state, and federal partners are working hard to ensure McDowell County has the resources to replace outdated infrastructure and support healthier communities. As chairman of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for infrastructure improvements for West Virginia.”
Senator Manchin said these updates are long overdue.
“Updating and investing in our waste water infrastructure is absolutely critical, especially in rural areas of the state where it is long overdue. These investments will not only help process storm and waste water in Welch but will also provide jobs and new economic opportunities to the people of McDowell County. I thank the USDA for partnering with us and will keep fighting to make sure that investments like this take place in all 55 counties in our state,” Senator Manchin said.