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Rahall Announces $17M for Rural Water and Environmental Projects


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) today announced the release of $17,513,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

"Southern West Virginians know how important clean, safe water infrastructure is to building healthy communities," said Rahall. "This is another wonderful example of the Recovery Act bringing money back into our neighborhoods, creating jobs and reinvesting in our futures."

Funding allocations include:
  • $3,749,000 for the Town of Wayne, Wayne County
  • $3,235,000 for Gauley River PSD, Nicholas County
  • $3,056,000 for the City of Crum, Wayne County
  • $2,000,000 for Red Sulphur PSD, Monroe County
  • $1,800,000 for Big Bend PSD, Summers County
  • $1,770,000 for McDowell County PSD, McDowell County
  • $1,486,000 for the Town of Gilbert, Mingo County
  • $417,000 for Lavalette PSD, Wayne County
USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at

"The USDA has a long history of investing in southern West Virginia. Through these Recovery Act funds, more rural communities than ever before will be able to obtain safe drinking water and reliable waste treatment systems," said Rahall.

Rachael Berkey