8/12/2014 4:21 PM
KIMBALL- An important ground-breaking ceremony took place in McDowell County Tuesday morning commemorating the beginning of a new water project.
The McDowell County Public Service District is receiving eight-million dollars from the USDA to help support the Elkhorn Regional Water Project. Just under six million dollars of the project comes from a grant with the remaining two-million plus dollars coming from a loan. The project will help bring fresh water to towns across McDowell County.
"It's really big because most of the water systems that have been, Route 52 are really old, dilapidated and water is not of good quality so this will put a fresh water supply for everyone coming down the road," said Bobby Lewis.
"This is a big day for the people, for helping provide clean water so we can keep our children, grandchildren here in southern West Virginia so we can attract new jobs that we all want to bring in to this area," said Congressman Nick Rahall.
In 2013, USDA Rural Development invested more than 410-million dollars to improve housing conditions and create jobs in rural communities across West Virginia.