Sep 06, 2018

EPA Backs West Virginia Plan to Improve Water Quality

Funding commitments include a storm water flow tank and wastewater treatment plant upgrades

Wastewater plant upgrades approved in West Virginia
Wastewater plant upgrades approved in West Virginia

The U.S. EPA announced it has approved a more than $50 million plan by West Virginia to implement key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants to better serve residents, increase efficiency and reduce pollution.

West Virginia’s Plan includes an award of $25 million from EPA’s FY 2018 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The plan by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is also funded with a $5 million state match, repayments from prior CWSRF loans, and interest earnings.

The projects with funding commitments in the state’s CWSRF plan include:

  • $2,695,000 to Brooke County Public Service District to extend sewer service to approximately 122 customers in the Bosley Run, Cross Creek, and Harmon Creek areas;

  • $2,700,000 to Mt. Hope to construct a 2 million gal storm water flow equalization tank along with associated pumping and piping to eliminate bypasses;

  • $7,420,299 to Oceana to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant and pump stations;

  • $10,878,500 to construct a new 100,000 gallons per day wastewater treatment plant that will serve the Laurel Park and Route 73 areas of Greater Harrison County, which are currently served by septic systems and treatment plants which are failing;

  • $7,904,700 to the West Dunbar Public Service District to replace its old and deteriorated clay collection lines, and rehabilitate its pumping stations, which will reduce storm water-related overflows at its treatment plant;  

  • $10,430,000 to Weston to connect approximately 160 residents with failing septic tanks to the city sewer system and upgrade the Jackson Mill pump station; and

  • $8,597,000 to the Union Public Service District to construct a sewer collection system for approximately 183 residents as well as providing upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.

The CWSRF program provides low interest loans for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities and other projects vital to protecting and improving water quality in rivers, lakes and streams for drinking water, recreation and natural habitat. The loans help communities keep water and sewer rates affordable while addressing local water quality problems.