Jackson County water project receives grant

RIPLEY — A $2 million loan was awarded to the Southern Jackson County Public Service District for a project that will provide water service to four areas in the county.

“I’m pleased this important Rural Development investment loan will be used to extend Jackson County’s water service capacity. This will also enhance the fire protection capabilities for proposed service areas,” U.S Rep Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., said.

According to Karl Veilhaber, general manager, the regions that will be included in the project are the White Pine Area, Jim Ridge, Windell Ridge and Station Camp.

Up to 100 people will receive water with this new project. Currently, residents have to haul water because some of them don’t even have wells, Veilhaber said.

In the White Pine area, some of those wells are starting to wear down because of the years of drilling.

The project will include about 10 miles of water line. The cost is $3,464,800 and the remaining funds are hoped to be secured through a small cities block grant which has yet to be announced.

“This is a shovel ready project, this project is ready to go if we can just get the rest of the money,” Veilhaber said. “We try to pick areas where it’s really needed, (it’s been) in the works for at least five or six years.”

With projects this size, it can take upwards of 10 years to complete from start to finish, he said.

After securing all the funding, the next stop is to gain the approval from the public service commission since it will take a rate increase.

Once the construction starts, Veilhaber said their contracts are normally about a year long as long as nothing major happens.

When the project is completed, Veilhaber said it will be life changing for those who will have water access.


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