Upshur County water project to receive $1.41M state loan | News, Sports, Jobs

MT. HOPE — A state loan of $1.41 million has been approved for a water project in Upshur County.

The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council approved a $1.41 million loan to the Mount Hope Water Association in Upshur County for its water distribution system improvements. This loan, along with funds from Upshur County Commission, provide $1.7 million for the project.

In April 2022, the Upshur County Commission approved allocating about $2.9 of the $4.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds they received in 2021. The Mt. Hope Water Association requested $1,048,342.31 from the Commission, and were allocated $290,000.

The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council announced $3.24 million in funding for sewer and water projects around the state at its meeting on Sept. 6.

The WV IJDC was created by the WV Legislature in 1994 to serve as a funding clearinghouse for water and wastewater projects around the state. Gov. Jim Justice serves as council chairman, with Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling serving as his designee.

Other awards included:

The council approved a $1.165 million grant to the Cowen PSD in Webster County for its Upper Glade extension, which will serve 161 homes and the Camp Caesar 4H Camp.

The council approved a $665,000 grant to the Pea Ridge PSD in Cabell County for a sewer extension, which will serve 452 homes and businesses along WV Route 2.

Also during the Sept. 6 meeting, the council also approved technical reviews and requests to pursue funding for an additional seven sewer and water projects. The approval of these reviews and requests helps cities, municipalities and public service districts save taxpayer money and keep their projects moving.

The seven projects found to be technically feasible and approved to pursue funding:

City of Belmont in Pleasants County: Sewer system improvements project estimated to cost $3.7 million

Town of Elizabeth in Wirt County: Sewer system improvements project estimated to cost $2.7 million.

Town of Masontown in Preston County: Water system improvements project estimated to cost $1.2 million.

Ravencliff McGraws Saulsville PSD: Sewer system improvements project in Glen Rogers estimated to cost $7.8 million.

City of Rowlesburg in Preston County: Sewer system improvements project estimated to cost $11.2 million.

City of South Charleston in Kanawha County: Replacement of primary electrical distribution system at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) estimated to cost $5 million.

Town of West Union in Doddridge County: Water system improvements project including replacement of its water treatment plant (WTP)  estimated to cost $24.1 million.

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