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Wyoming, McDowell Water Projects Get Federal Dollars


Federal dollars are expected to speed water and wastewater projects in communities in Wyoming and McDowell Counties.  Congressman Nick Rahall made the announcement Tuesday.

According to a press release, more than $1.1 million in federal funds will replace failing water systems and extend clean water to nearly 700 residential and small commercial customers in McDowell and Wyoming Counties.

In Wyoming County the money will help to replace a failing water system that serves the Bud/Alpoca area of Wyoming County. The Logan County Public Service District will receive just over 500 thousand dollars for the Bud/Alpoca Water System Upgrade Project.

A boil water advisory was recently lifted after being in effect for more than 7 months in this area. More than 170 customers in the Bud/Alpoca area of Wyoming County including an elementary school lived with water running different shades of brown. 

Bad Water

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The McDowell County Public Service District will receive about 600 thousand dollars to complete the funding needed for the Big Sandy Water Project, which is extending water service to approximately 500 customers in the Big Sandy and Roderfield areas of McDowell County.  This funding comes on top of a 600 thousand dollar grant that Rahall announced in 2012.

Rahall is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and its Sec. 340 Environmental Assistance Program that awarded this funding. The Corps of Engineers funding will help advance a permanent solution to the area’s burdensome water issues.

In the release Rahall said that “clean drinking water equals better health for families as well as our economy.”