CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The federal government is providing more than $2 million to Mingo County to extend water service and fire protection to about 250 households.
The Mingo County Public Service District has been awarded a $1.5 million loan and a $991,000 grant for the Ben Creek Phase I project. About 11 miles of waterline will be built, along with a water storage tank and a booster station.
Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall, all D-W.Va., announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development on Tuesday.
The lawmakers say wells, springs and cisterns are the only sources of water for a majority of residents in the project area. Septic systems that have malfunctioned or were poorly built have contaminated many of these water sources.