Gov. Justice announces $1.03 million in federal grant funding for wastewater system upgrades in Pine Grove
PINE GROVE, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia has secured $1.03 million in federal grant funding that will be used to bring wastewater system improvements to the town of Pine Grove in Wetzel County.
The governor made the announcement at the Robert C. Byrd Center Municipal Offices in Pine Grove and presented town leaders with the grant.
“It’s been so wonderful, over the past few weeks, that I’ve been able to pass out millions upon millions of dollars to our communities that need it most, and this grant today for the town of Pine Grove is no exception,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re making life better for so many West Virginians and we’re just keeping our state on the move like you can’t imagine.”
These funds are just one piece of $13.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars that have been dedicated for various broadband and infrastructure projects throughout West Virginia this year by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This wastewater infrastructure project in Pine Grove will allow for the completion of the final phase of a project to replace and upgrade several components of the town’s old wastewater system.
The funding will allow the town to upgrade 7,800 linear feet of gravity sewer and force main. It will also allow for the addition of 3 upgraded duplex pump stations.
Overall, this project will improve service for more than 600 people, including all of the residents of the town of Pine Grove, several businesses, the local public library, the Robert C. Byrd Center, Valley High School and more.
“This is going to help the people of Pine Grove have better services than ever while, at the same time, helping to keep costs down, so this is truly a win-win for everyone,” Gov. Justice said. “And as excited as I am about today’s grant, I’m just as excited to say that it’s only a start.
“We have great things happening in West Virginia, there’s no question about that,” Gov. Justice said. “I’m fully committed to doing everything I possibly can to make these kinds of large-scale improvements everywhere. But this is certainly a big help.”
A grand total of $10.7 million of the overall CDBG funds awarded in West Virginia will go toward similar wastewater system and water line projects, benefitting thousands of people in 7 different counties across the state.
In total, 19 different communities throughout West Virginia have been awarded CDBG grants for this year. The remaining grant awardees will be announced in the coming weeks.
Butch Antolini, 304-890-2945, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov