U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $500,000 in federal funds for the Town of Dungannon to go towards improvements to its water distribution system.
The improvements include the installation of 13,840 linear feet of waterline at scattered locations to improve water service for 42 households and 25 businesses. The new waterline will also increase water accountability and create hydraulic efficiencies in the distribution system.
"This project is vital for the Town of Dungannon and will provide businesses and households access to reliable and safe water," the senators said. "These funds will help to finally replace a system that has dangerously allowed for leaks and line breaks to contaminate public water."
The funds come from the Appalachian Regional Commission and will be combined with $883,563 in state funding allocated to the project.
Replacement of the waterlines will reduce system-wide water loss, replace inoperable valves, lower maintenance costs, and increase pressure. Additionally, households and businesses in the project service area will have access to a more reliable water infrastructure capable of supporting new opportunities for economic development.