CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eighty-four households in Lincoln County will have access to clean, running water, after state political officials announced an award of more than $1 million in federal grant and loan monies Monday.The Lincoln County Public Service District received a $747,000 grant and a $533,000 low-interest loan provided by the USDA Rural Development for the Frances Creek Waterline Extension project. The project construction includes 40,300 feet of new waterline, one-water storage tank, one pressure-reducing station, 22 fire hydrants, valves and other related items.Residents currently must use ground wells as their only source of water.Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said in a news release that clean running water is important to the health and safety of the state's "families, businesses and communities, as well as our state's future economic growth."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., agreed."Supplying more reliable water service to our rural communities, including new fire hydrants, will improve overall health and safety," Rockefeller said in the statement. "Launching a new project that provides more West Virginians with one of our most important natural resources is a smart and needed investment in Lincoln County."Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the award is "tremendous news for Lincoln County.""Improving our public water systems is critical to protecting the health and wellbeing of West Virginians across the state, especially in our rural communities," Manchin said.