Earlier this month, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) received U.S. EPA approval of its more than $50 million plan to improve the state’s water quality. The approved plan will implement key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants to increase efficiency, reduce pollution, and better serve residents.
The plan includes an award of $25 million from EPA’s FY 2018 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) which provides low-interest loans for wastewater infrastructure projects. The plan is also funded with a $5 million match from WVDEP, repayments from prior Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans, and interest earnings.
WVDEP’s CWSRF plan will fund:
- Brooke County Public Service District to extend sewer service to approximately 122 customers in the Bosley Run, Cross Creek, and Harmon Creek areas;
- Mt. Hope to construct a two million-gallon stormwater flow equalization tank along with associated pumping and piping to eliminate bypasses;
- Oceana to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant and pump stations;
- Funding 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;
- West Dunbar Public Service District to replace its old and deteriorated clay collection lines, and rehabilitate its pumping stations – which will reduce stormwater-related overflows at its treatment plant;
- Weston to connect approximately 160 residents with failing septic tanks to the city sewer system and upgrade the Jackson Mill pump station; and
- Union Public Service District to construct a sewer collection system for approximately 183 residents as well as provide upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.