West Virginia provides $26 million boost to support water projects

January 3, 2024

The West Virginia Water Development Authority (WDA) has directed more than $26 million to nine water-infrastructure projects across the state, including building a sewer plant and replacing water service lines and sewer pipes.

The grants come from the state’s Economic Enhancement Grant Fund (EEGF), which provides matching grants to municipalities for upgrading infrastructure such as water, sewer, economic development, commerce and tourism projects. Since it was established in April of 2022, the EEGF has provided $330 million to various projects statewide.

The town of East Bank will receive $8.5 million to support a raft of sewer system upgrades totaling $13.5 million. Plans include building two pump stations, 350 new house connections and installing more than 32,000 linear-feet of new sewer pipe.

The town of Sophia received $4 million that will go toward constructing a $16 million sewer plant that will serve Coal City. Mercer County Public Service District (PSD) will receive a similar $3.6 million grant to build a $14.4 million regional sewer collection and treatment system.

The North Beckley Public Service District (PSD) will receive $3.5 million grant to provide sewer service to an estimated 218 customers in the Piney View and Batoff Mountain area of Raleigh County. The city of Pennsboro also received $2.5 million to replace 53,000 linear feet of water service lines primarily in downtown and residential areas.

Other projects receiving a boost include:

  • $1 million to the Short Line PSD to support water system upgrades, including the replacement of their current water booster station and the swapping out of 1,179 of radio read meters with new ones.
  • $1.8 million to the city of to extend and replace water service lines in their downtown system and upgrade their water treatment project as part of a $5.4 million upgrade.  

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Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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