ARC grant for Byrdstown water system improvements
This week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a grant of $500,000 for Byrdstown and Pickett County to make improvements to the water system. This funding will help improve service to 2,245 households, 190 businesses and five industrial customers in the area.
It will also enable the system to have the capacity to supply potential industries in locating to Pickett County.
“This funding for a rural water system is exactly the kind of investment we need to encourage in our communities,” said Congressman Lincoln Davis. “I applaud ARC for investing in Pickett County’s future.”
The project involves the installation of two 500,000 gallon water storage tanks, a pumping station, 3.7 miles of water lines and four new fire hydrants to help the Byrdstown Water System meet state requirements.
Rural Development will provide $1.7 million in additional funds for the project, and $500,000 will come from the state through a Community Development Block Grant.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.7 million.