WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Bluewell Public Service District has received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Rural Development program.
The grant will be used to improve service for the PSD’s more than 3,000 customers in the western part of Mercer County in Bluewell, Brushfork, Montcolm, Bramwell Hill, Coaldale Mountain and Windmill Gap.
“Access to safe, reliable municipal water will help improve the quality of life for residents in western Mercer County and attract new industries and development. This grant will also help Bluewell improve service and address previously identified issues, and I congratulate them on receiving these much-needed funds,” Rep. Jenkins said.
In 2016, the Bluewell Public Service District received $1.5 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $1 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand municipal water service to the Mercer County Airport. Rep. Jenkins has worked with Mercer County Airport Manager Clint Ranson and Region 1 Planning & Development Council Executive Director Jason Roberts on the project, emphasizing its critical role in helping the airport and the region’s economy grow.
The USDA grant announced today will help the PSD transition as it prepares to decommission its water treatment plant and begins purchasing water from the Green Valley-Glenwood Public Service District.
The grant will also be used to address deficiencies identified in a 2015 West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Public Health Sanitary Survey Report, construct strategic water system loops, provide emergency standby power, and provide an automated meter reading system.