October 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $600,000 for Critical Water Infrastructure Project

Funding will help provide a safe and reliable new water source for 23 new households in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties and for the students and staff at the Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Career Center

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that a total of $600,000 has been awarded to the Gilmer County Public Service District (PSD) for the Route 5 and Hattie Road Water System Extension Project. By installing 20,800 feet of new waterline to the existing system along West Virginia Route 5 and Hattie Road, the project aims to provide 23 new households in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties with a safe and reliable new water supply. The new waterline will also provide water service to the Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Career Center.

“Having access to safe and reliable water is critical to the wellbeing of our residents and the prosperity of our businesses, schools and economy,” Senator Manchin said. “By extending the water line system in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, this project will help enhance the quality of life in the community, guarantee improved water service to West Virginia families and promote success and development at the Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Career Center.”

“This project is great news for Calhoun and Gilmer County – not only will this funding improve the well-being of residents, it will also stimulate the local economy,” said Rockefeller. “Clean water is a vital to the health and safety of our communities and installing new water line will go a long way in making sure West Virginians get the clean water they deserve.”

The $600,000 in funding includes a $390,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Council (ARC), $160,000 in funds from West Virginia Infrastructure Jobs Development Council and $50,000 in local funds.