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Local water projects to receive USDA funding

SISTERSVILLE — More than $14 million for water infrastructure was announced from the United State Department of Agriculture to benefit Tyler and Jackson counties.

The USDA is investing $462 million among 44 states to update drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a press release.

Statewide, these water projects will benefit 467,000 residents, the release said.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small cities and towns,” Rural Development State Director Kris Warner said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities because in West Virginia we know that when rural America thrives all of America thrives.”

The city of Ripley will receive a $3.8 million loan and a $1 million grant to remove sludge and modify the existing collection systems.

A new pump station will bring flows from Evans to Ripley, among other major improvements which will benefit around 3,200 residents.

Tyler County Public Service District will also receive a loan and grand to restore the wastewater treatment plant, which originated in the 1980s, and improve the system.

The system serves 287 residents in the Friendly and Ben’s Run areas of the county.

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