PENNINGTON GAP – USDA’s rural development agency has awarded $ 1.48 million in grants and loans to solve problems at Pennington Gap water treatment plant
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday announced $ 272 million to upgrade rural drinking water and sanitation infrastructure for 270,000 people living in rural communities in 37 states and Puerto Rico.
The Pennington Gap project – one of 114 nationwide and six in Virginia – includes $ 653,000 in loan funds and a grant of $ 823,000 to repair the foundations, ponds and wells at the plant in city water, as well as electrical and control wiring and conduits.
The project – funded by the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program – will serve 2,261 people using the city’s water system.
The six Virginia projects will receive a total of $ 8.62 million in funds, split between $ 5.75 million in loans and $ 2.87 million in grants, to serve more than 16,000 rural residents.
“As people in many parts of the country battle drought and fires caused by climate change, there has never been a more urgent need for this help,” said Vilsack. “Investing in rural water infrastructure is one of the many things the Biden-Harris administration is doing to help the nation rebuild better during the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “
The Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program is intended for individuals and businesses in eligible rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less.