Water-supply Grant of $450,000 to Continue Work in Buchanan County, Va., Announced in November 2016

On November 15, 2016, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced a federal grant of about $450,000 to Buchanan County to extend public water supply to 15 homes in an area affected by past coal-mining practices.  The new grant will bring to $27.25 million to total of grants Buchanan County has received, providing water supply to a 2,212 homes.

Following is an excerpt from the governor’s office news release on the grant.

“The water project has been selected for construction funding under Virginia’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Grant program administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). …This Abandoned Mine Land grant funding will help fund an expansion of the sixth phase, Phase VI-B, of the Hurley Regional Water Project, which extends public water service into the Hurley community of Buchanan County.  The original project, which leveraged a federal grant of $1 million to Buchanan County, installed 13.5 miles of water lines, two pump stations and two tanks to help bring public water to 163 households.  This expansion project was made possible after the project came in under budget of the grant money provided towards Phase V this project under the 2014 grant award.  The funding that remains will provide clean water to homes not originally included in the ongoing Hurley Phase VI project. …

“Reclamation fees paid by the coal industry have funded the replacement of nearly 8,800 domestic water supplies that were affected by mining before the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 was passed. …Funding for the DMME’s water supply replacement projects is through reclamation fees paid by Virginia’s coal industry.

Since 1984, the agency has awarded $47.8 million to water projects throughout Southwest Virginia.”

More information on the AML grant program is available online at https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/dmlr/dmlrlandingpage.shtml.

Source: Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $450,000 in Funding for Water System Expansion in Buchanan County; Project will provide public water to an additional 15 households, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 11/15/16.

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