LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some Lincoln County residents could soon have water service for the first time thanks to new federal funding.
Thursday, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall announced that the Lincoln County water project will receive $1 million in federal funding.
The Alkol Waterline Extension project will provide access to a reliable, high quality water system for 345 residential customers and five businesses in Lincoln County communities of Alkol, Burger, Spurlockville and Mud River Valley, including State Route 3 and County Routes 62 and 46. The water extension project will entail 137,000 linear feet of waterline, two 100,000-gallon water storage tanks, a 250-gallon per minute booster pump station and fire hydrants.
“Water infrastructure projects are wise investments for the federal government,” said Rahall. “They bring clean water to the lips of whole families – home after home, neighborhood after neighborhood – strengthening communities, encouraging business development, and improving the quality of life overall. Those who advocate mindlessly cutting funds for these job creation programs fail to see the long-term gains for our families, businesses, and nation. Their slash and burn budget-cutting mentality would choke rising home values and strangle economic development initiatives, putting job creation programs in a budget vise that crushes their potential return to the American Taxpayer.”
Residents in the project service area are dependent on wells or cisterns for their water supply. Some residents haul in their drinking water because of poor water quality due to high amounts of iron in the well water. There is also concern of cross contamination from failing septic systems introducing harmful bacteria creating a public health concern.
In addition to the $1,000,000 in ARC funds, other federal sources include a grant from the USDA Rural Development for $500,000. State sources include a grant for $2,400,000 from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and a grant for $750,000 from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council. Local sources include a loan from the USDA Rural Development for the amount of $1,050,000; a $1,000,000 loan from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council; and, a $200,000 grant from the Lincoln County Commission. Total funding for this project is $6,900,000.