Rahall: Big Sandy Waterline Extension Gets Go-Ahead

Press Release

Date: Oct. 9, 2014
Location: Beckley, WV
Issues: Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Thursday announced another step forward for the Big Sandy Waterline Extension Project from Davy to Roderfield. Approval by the Office of Surface Mine Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has cleared the way for the expenditure of $6 million in Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding.

"Ensuring access to clean drinking water for the people of McDowell County is incredibly important to me, not just for the health and safety of our citizens but also in strengthening our economy, which is why I created the AML and Corps water infrastructure programs that made funding for this project possible. I will continue to work with our region's leaders to press for every possible dollar to move this and other water infrastructure projects toward completion," said Rahall.

The Big Sandy project, which is extending water service to approximately 513 customers in the Big Sandy and Roderfield areas of McDowell County, was given the final go-ahead after an OSMRE environmental review. The AML funding comes on top of $1.2 million in grants from the Army Corps of Engineers Sec. 340 Infrastructure Program that Rahall announced in 2012 and 2014.

Rahall's AML and Corps Water Infrastructure programs have provided residents across southern West Virginia with modern water and wastewater systems.