By Jean A. Flanagan
“We’re very happy,” said Moorefield Public Works Director Lucas Gagnon.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced last week the town of Moorefield will receive $8.35 million in grant funding and $16.879 million in loans from the USDA Office of Rural Development to build a new water treatment facility.[private]
“We still have some steps to take before we can actually start construction, but this is good news,” Gagnon said.
Now that funding is in place, the town must apply to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Convenience and Need.
Moorefield currently depends on two aging water treatment facilities. One is 65 years old, the other 22. They serve the residents and businesses in Moorefield, including the Pilgrim’s Pride facility, as well as the customers of the Hardy County Public Service District on the west side of the county. The PSD purchases water from the town.
The two water treatment plants produce 3.5 million gallons of water per day and are at their capacity. Because of this, there is very little downtime for the plants. They are running 18 – 20 hours just to maintain the demand.
The new water plant will have a capacity of 7.5 million gallons of water per day.
“This funding represents a large investment in the development of basic but critical infrastructure in Moorefield,” Sen. Capito said in a press release. “The projects benefitting from this funding will allow local leaders to better serve their communities and improve the well-being of West Virginians.”
“These infrastructure improvements will allow the community to provide essential services and spur economic success for all residents who call Moorefield home,” Sen. Manchin said. “I look forward to watching this project come to fruition and I will always work to make sure West Virginia receive necessary support from the federal government to continue to thrive.”[/private]