The Herald-Dispatch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure in 46 states, including two projects in West Virginia.

In Cabell County, the city of Milton will receive $5.8 million in loan funds and $2.1 million in grant funds, according to a news release from the agency.

The investment will be used to finance an improvement project to the city's existing sanitary sewer collection system. Improvements include reducing infiltration and inflow, rerouting force mains, adding another lift station to pump to the Salt Rock Public Service District and creating opportunities for future growth.

The project will serve approximately 1,951 residential customers and three businesses.

In Randolph County, the Midland Public Service District will receive a $600,000 loan and a $520,000 grant to make public water service available to 132 households in areas serviced by undependable water wells.

USDA Rural Development West Virginia State Director Kris Warner said the projects ensure access to a safe and clean supply of water for everyone, not just residents living in urban areas.

"These projects will support long-term economic viability and a strong qualify of life for residents of these rural communities in Cabell and Randolph counties," Warner said in the release.

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