Funds to bolster West Virginia infrastructure

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West Virginia officials said $485,000 has been earmarked for planning and implementing statewide infrastructure projects that include water and wastewater system improvements.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) noted the West Virginia Rural Water Association would receive $200,000; the City of Gary Emergency Water System Repair $150,000; and the Calhoun County Commission $135,000 via the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

“As chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee, I have prioritized supporting programs that improve our water and wastewater infrastructure,” Capitol, who joins Manchin in serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said. “It is welcome news that ARC is continuing to support important initiatives in West Virginia that strengthen water infrastructure in Gary, Grantsville, and Scott Depot. I look forward to further improving West Virginia’s infrastructure both above and below ground through my committee assignments and relationships with partners like ARC.”

Manchin said infrastructure investments are vital to growing the state’s economy, creating well-paying jobs, and ensuring West Virginians have access to basic human needs such as clean drinking water.

“I’m pleased ARC is investing in our state, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for ARC funding and other programs that prioritize Appalachia and rural America,” he said.